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Definition of Siren

Siren

  1. 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.
  2. An enticing, dangerous woman.
  3. Something which is insidious or deceptive.
  4. A mermaid.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Of or pertaining to a siren; bewitching, like a siren; fascinating; alluring; as, a siren song.

Siren Quotations

No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren.
Henry Taylor

It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes to that siren until she allures us to our death.
Gertrude Stein

The desire for reinvention seems to arise most often when companies hear the siren call of synergy and start to expand beyond their core businesses.
James Surowiecki

The Siren waits thee, singing song for song.
Walter Savage Landor

Siren voices tell me, 'You don't have to keep going on.' And then you think, 'I'm a writer. What do I do? Sit there watching my wife clean up?' I don't know. I like being a writer.
Terry Pratchett
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Siren Translations

siren in French is sirene
siren in German is Sirene
siren in Spanish is sirena
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