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1. Greek Mythology One of a group of sea nymphs who by their sweet singing lured mariners to destruction on the rocks surrounding their island.
2. siren A woman regarded as irresistibly alluring.
[Middle English serein, from Old French sereine; see siren.]
a. A device in which compressed air or steam is driven against a rotating perforated disk to create a loud, often wailing sound as a signal or warning.
b. An electronic device producing a similar sound as a signal or warning: a police car siren.
2. Any of several slender aquatic salamanders of the family Sirenidae of eastern North America, having external gills, small forelimbs, and no hind limbs.
[French sirène, from Old French sereine, Siren, from Late Latin Sīrēna, from Latin Sīrēn, from Greek Seirēn.]
1. (General Engineering) a device for emitting a loud wailing sound, esp as a warning or signal, typically consisting of a rotating perforated metal drum through which air or steam is passed under pressure
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) (sometimes capital) Greek myth one of several sea nymphs whose seductive singing was believed to lure sailors to destruction on the rocks the nymphs inhabited
a. a woman considered to be dangerously alluring or seductive
b. (as modifier): her siren charms.
4. (Animals) any aquatic eel-like salamander of the North American family Sirenidae, having external gills, no hind limbs, and reduced forelimbs
[C14: from Old French sereine, from Latin sīrēn, from Greek seirēn]
1. (sometimes cap.) any of several supernatural beings in Greek legend who are part woman and part bird and who lure mariners to destruction with seductive singing.
2. a seductively beautiful or charming woman, esp. one who beguiles men.
3. an acoustical device that produces sound by means of a perforated, rotating disk that interrupts a jet of air or steam.
4. an implement of this kind used as a whistle, fog signal, or warning device.
5. any aquatic, eellike salamander of the family Sirenidae, having permanent external gills and no hind limbs.adj.
6. seductive or tempting, esp. dangerously or harmfully.
[1300–50; Middle English sereyn < Old French sereine < Late Latin Sīrēna, Latin Sīrēn < Greek Seirḗn]
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|Noun||1.||Siren - a sea nymph (part woman and part bird) supposed to lure sailors to destruction on the rocks where the nymphs lived; "Odysseus ordered his crew to plug their ears so they would not hear the Siren's fatal song"|
sea nymph - (Greek mythology) a water nymph who was the daughter of Oceanus or Nereus
|2.||siren - a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive|
|3.||siren - a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound|
|4.||siren - an acoustic device producing a loud often wailing sound as a signal or warning|
acoustic device - a device for amplifying or transmitting sound
|5.||siren - eellike aquatic North American salamander with small forelimbs and no hind limbs; have permanent external gills|
salamander - any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
genus Siren - a genus of Sirenidae
صفّارة إنْذارصَفَّارَةُ الْإِنْذَار
còi báo động
siren[ˈsaɪərən] N (all senses) → sirena f
n (all senses) → Sirene f
siren[ˈsaɪər/ən] n (all senses) → sirena
a kind of instrument that gives out a loud hooting noise as a (warning) signal. a factory siren. sirene صفّارة إنْذار сирена sirene siréna die Sirene sirene; -sirene σειρήναsirena sireen آژير sireeni sirèneצופר भोंपू sirena (zvučna), morska vila sziréna sirine sírena sirena サイレン 사이렌 sirena sirēna siren sirenesirenesyrena دخطر زنګ sirene sirenă сирена, гудок siréna sirena sirena siren เสียงหวอ siren 汽笛，警報器 гудок; сирена اونچی آواز نکالنے والا آلہ còi báo động 汽笛，警报器