siren
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈsaɪəɹən/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsaɪɹən/
Noun

siren (plural sirens)

  1. (Greek mythology) One of a group of nymphs who lured mariners to their death on the rocks.
  2. One who sings sweetly and charms.
  3. A dangerously seductive woman.
  4. (biology) A member of an order of mammals of Sirenia (first attested in French in Dominique Bouhours, Les entretiens d'Ariste et d'Eugène, 1671).
  5. (biology) A member of a genus of aquatic salamanders of the family Sirenidae (originally introduced by Linnaeus, 1766, for a genus of his reptiles), commonly used for all species subsumed under the family of Sirenidae.
  6. (entomology) Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the genus Hestina.
  7. A device, either mechanical or electronic, that makes a piercingly loud sound as an alarm or signal, or the sound from such a device (first recorded 1879).
    • 1984, Steve Harris, "Aces High", Iron Maiden, Powerslave.
      quote en
  8. (music) A musical instrument, one of the few aerophones in the percussion section of the symphony orchestra (patented as Acme Siren in 1895).
  9. An instrument for demonstrating the laws of beats and combination tones.
  10. (astronomy and astrophysics)An astrophysical event that can be used for calculating cosmic distances.
    • quote en
Synonyms
  • (one who sings sweetly and charms) crooner
  • (dangerously seductive woman) seeSynonyms en
  • (device for making a sound alarm) klaxon
Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

siren (sirens, present participle sirening; past and past participle sirened)

  1. To make a noise with, or as if with, a siren.
Adjective

siren

  1. Relating to or like a siren.
    Synonyms: bewitching, enchanting, enticing, sirenic

Siren
Proper noun
  1. A village/county seat in Burnett County, Wisconsin.
  2. A town in Burnett County, Wisconsin, surrounding the village of the same name.



This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.005
Offline English dictionary