Definitions of siren

  1. 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. eel- like aquatic North American salamander with small forelimbs and no hind limbs; have permanent external gills
  3. an acoustic device producing a loud often wailing sound as a signal or warning
  4. a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound
  5. An enticing, dangerous woman.
  6. Something which is insidious or deceptive.
  7. A mermaid.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. ( myth.) One of certain fabulous nymphs in S. Italy who enticed mariners to destruction by sweet music: a fascinating woman: any one insidious and deceptive: an eel- like, amphibious animal, with only one pair of feet.
  12. Pertaining to or like a siren: fascinating.
  13. Fabulous creature who enticed mariners by her song; a fascinating woman; amphibious reptile.
  14. A fabulous sea nymph that lured sailors by song to destruction.
  15. A fascinating, dangerous woman.
  16. A fog horn.
  17. Siren.
  18. Pertaining to a siren; bewitching.
  19. A mermaid; one of a class of scanymphs who were fabled to lure the passing sailor to his ruin by the fascination of their music; an cuticing woman; a woman dangerous from her enticing arts; a lizard of an eel- like form; a sirene.
  20. In anc. myth., the sirens, birds with the faces of virgins, found on the southern coast of Italy, who, by their sweet voices, enticed ashore those who were sailing by, and then killed them; an enticing or alluring woman; an amphibious reptile nearly like an eel.
  21. Pert. to a siren; bewitching; fascinating.

Usage examples for siren

  1. Sir Lionel had meant to stay only one night at the Cottage Hotel, but Lynton was beautiful, with a siren beauty, that would not let us go. – Set in Silver by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  2. I cannot picture you as the victim of a 'society' siren! – God's Good Man by Marie Corelli
  3. His office had emptied by now, with officers running to their posts as the siren of the general alert wailed through the corridors. – Generals Help Themselves by M. C. Pease
  4. Now and again through the year, the big cities call us with a Siren's voice. – A Northern Countryside by Rosalind Richards
  5. This music would groan, it would rattle and squeak; it would make noises like swiftly torn canvas, or like a steam siren in a hurry. – 100%: The Story of a Patriot by Upton Sinclair
  6. It is inspiring to listen to these Siren strains as the music city passes another floating abode. – Life in a Thousand Worlds by William Shuler Harris
  7. He believed, from the change in the apparent direction of the fog- siren, that they were moving down the coast toward Sandy Hook. – Frank Merriwell's Reward by Burt L. Standish
  8. You are both young, she is fair, and she is a siren, a vampire. – The Argus Pheasant by John Charles Beecham
  9. But I'll go away till you've had your dinner, and- and made yourself look less like a siren and more like an ordinary human being- if possible. – The Motor Maid by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  10. How am I to get free from that heathen Siren? – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  11. " I flatter myself I would resist the tricks of any siren who was merely anxious to delude me. – The Wheel O' Fortune by Louis Tracy
  12. It is his other child,- his immortal child; the spirit- infant of his soul; his darling of many years of patient obscurity and pining genius; his masterpiece; his opera of the Siren! – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  13. But there was always that vague fear of some outside siren who would capture Murray. – The Gay Cockade by Temple Bailey
  14. With her back against the closed outer door stood a Siren of the Rhine, and, as if to show how futile is the support of the Evil One in a crisis, her very lips were pallid with fear and her blue eyes were wide with apprehension, as they met those of the Count von Schonburg. – The Strong Arm by Robert Barr
  15. The motor was sounding on its siren a call that was familiar to all of us. – "And they thought we wouldn't fight" by Floyd Gibbons