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Meaning of SIREN

Pronunciation:  'seerin, 'sIrun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  eel-like aquatic North American salamander with small forelimbs and no hind limbs; have permanent external gills
  2. [n]  an acoustic device producing a loud often wailing sound as a signal or warning
  3. [n]  a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound
  4. [n]  a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive
  5. [n]  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"

SIREN is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: Delilah, enchantress, femme fatale, temptress
 See Also: acoustic device, adult female, alarm, alarm, alarm system, alarum, alert, genus Siren, Lorelei, salamander, sea nymph, warning device, warning signal, woman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Si"ren\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ???: cf. F. sir[`e]ne.]
    1. (Class. Myth.) 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.
             Next where the sirens dwell you plow the seas; Their
             song is death, and makes destruction please. --Pope.
    2. An enticing, dangerous woman. --Shak.
    3. Something which is insidious or deceptive.
             Consumption is a siren.               --W. Irving.
    4. A mermaid. [Obs.] --Shak.
    5. (Zo["o]l.) Any long, slender amphibian of the genus
       {Siren} or family {Sirenid[ae]}, 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.
    6. [F. sir[`e]ne, properly, a siren in sense 1.] (Acoustics)
       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. [Written
       also {sirene}, and {syren}.]
  2. \Si"ren\, a.
    Of or pertaining to a siren; bewitching, like a siren;
    fascinating; alluring; as, a siren song.