What does siren mean?

Definitions for siren
ˈsaɪ rənsiren

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Sirennoun

    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"

  2. enchantress, temptress, siren, Delilah, femme fatalenoun

    a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive

  3. sirennoun

    a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound

  4. sirennoun

    an acoustic device producing a loud often wailing sound as a signal or warning

  5. sirennoun

    eellike aquatic North American salamander with small forelimbs and no hind limbs; have permanent external gills


  1. sirennoun

    (original sense) One of a group of nymphs who lured mariners to their death on the rocks.

  2. sirennoun

    A device, either mechanical or electronic, that makes a piercingly loud sound as an alarm or signal.

  3. sirennoun

    A dangerously seductive woman.

  4. sirennoun

    A common name for salamanders of Siren and Sirenidae.

  5. sirennoun

    A common name for mammals of Sirenia.

  6. sirenadjective

    relating to or like a siren

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sirennoun

    one of three sea nymphs, -- or, according to some writers, of two, -- said to frequent an island near the coast of Italy, and to sing with such sweetness that they lured mariners to destruction

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. : cf. F. sirne.]

  2. Sirennoun

    an enticing, dangerous woman

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. : cf. F. sirne.]

  3. Sirennoun

    something which is insidious or deceptive

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. : cf. F. sirne.]

  4. Sirennoun

    a mermaid

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. : cf. F. sirne.]

  5. Sirennoun

    any long, slender amphibian of the genus Siren or family Sirenidae, destitute of hind legs and pelvis, and having permanent external gills as well as lungs. They inhabit the swamps, lagoons, and ditches of the Southern United States. The more common species (Siren lacertina) is dull lead-gray in color, and becames two feet long

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. : cf. F. sirne.]

  6. Sirennoun

    an instrument for producing musical tones and for ascertaining the number of sound waves or vibrations per second which produce a note of a given pitch. The sounds are produced by a perforated rotating disk or disks. A form with two disks operated by steam or highly compressed air is used sounding an alarm to vessels in fog

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. : cf. F. sirne.]

  7. Sirenadjective

    of or pertaining to a siren; bewitching, like a siren; fascinating; alluring; as, a siren song

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. : cf. F. sirne.]


  1. Siren

    In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous and beautiful creatures, portrayed as femme fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets placed them on some small islands called Sirenum scopuli. In some later, rationalized traditions, the literal geography of the "flowery" island of Anthemoessa, or Anthemusa, is fixed: sometimes on Cape Pelorum and at others in the islands known as the Sirenuse, near Paestum, or in Capreae. All such locations were surrounded by cliffs and rocks. When the Sirens were given a name of their own they were considered the daughters of the river god Achelous, fathered upon Terpsichore, Melpomene, Sterope, or Chthon. Although they lured mariners, for the Greeks the Sirens in their "meadow starred with flowers" were not sea deities. Roman writers linked the Sirens more closely to the sea, as daughters of Phorcys. Sirens are found in many Greek stories, particularly in Homer's Odyssey. Their number is variously reported as between two and five. In the Odyssey, Homer says nothing of their origin or names, but gives the number of the Sirens as two. Later writers mention both their names and number: some state that there were three, Peisinoe, Aglaope, and Thelxiepeia or Parthenope, Ligeia, and Leucosia; Eustathius states that they were two, Aglaopheme and Thelxiepeia. Their individual names are variously rendered in the later sources as Thelxiepeia/Thelxiope/Thelxinoe, Molpe, Himerope, Aglaophonos/Aglaope/Aglaopheme, Pisinoe/Peisinoë/Peisithoe, Parthenope, Ligeia, Leucosia, Raidne, and Teles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Siren

    sī′ren, n. (Gr. myth.) one of certain sea-nymphs who sat on the shores of an island between Circe's isle and Scylla, near the south-western coast of Italy, and sang with bewitching sweetness songs that allured the passing sailor to draw near, only to meet with death: a fascinating woman, any one insidious and deceptive: an instrument which produces musical sounds by introducing a regularly recurring discontinuity into an otherwise steady blast of air: an instrument for demonstrating the laws of beats and combination tones: an eel-like, amphibious animal, with only one pair of feet, inhabiting swamps in the southern states of North America.—adj. pertaining to, or like, a siren: fascinating.—n. Sirē′nia, an order of aquatic mammals now represented by the dugong (Halicore) and the manatee (Manatus).—adj. Sirē′nian.—v.i. Sī′renise, to play the siren. [L. siren—Gr. seirēn, prob. seira, a cord.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Siren

    an instrument for measuring the number of aërial vibrations per second, and thereby the pitch of a given note.

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  1. risen

  2. rinse

  3. serin

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of siren in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of siren in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of siren in a Sentence

  1. Manuel Martins:

    When the siren sounded again, it was a joy, i opened the window just to hear it.

  2. Director James Comey:

    This poses an enormous challenge to us: to find the people who are responding to that siren song.

  3. Patrick Henry:

    It is natural for a man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut out eyes against a painful truth and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms into beasts.

  4. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley:

    During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices, we must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.

  5. Nikki Haley:

    During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation, no one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.

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