- 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
- (sometimes capital) one of several sea nymphs whose seductive singing was believed to lure sailors to destruction on the rocks the nymphs inhabited
- a woman considered to be dangerously alluring or seductive
- any aquatic eel-like salamander of the North American family Sirenidae, having external gills, no hind limbs, and reduced forelimbs
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- a seductively beautiful woman.
- Physicsa warning device that produces a loud, piercing sound:Sirens wailed and people took shelter.
- Mythology[Class. Myth.]one of several sea nymphs, part woman and part bird, who lure mariners to destruction by their seductive singing.
- a seductively beautiful or charming woman, esp. one who beguiles men:a siren of the silver screen.
- an acoustical instrument for producing musical tones, consisting essentially of a disk pierced with holes arranged equidistantly in a circle, rotated over a jet or stream of compressed air, steam, or the like, so that the stream is alternately interrupted and allowed to pass.
- an implement of this kind used as a whistle, fog signal, or warning device.
- Reptilesany of several aquatic, eellike salamanders of the family Sirenidae, having permanent external gills, small forelimbs, and no posterior limbs.
- of or like a siren.
- seductive or tempting, esp. dangerously or harmfully:the siren call of adventure.
- to go with the siren sounding, as a fire engine.
- to allure in the manner of a siren.
- Greek Seiré̄n
- Late Latin Sīrēna, Latin Sīrēn
- Old French sereine
- Middle English sereyn 1300–50
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged seductress, temptress, vamp.