Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
Si"ren (?), n. [L., fr. Gr. : cf. F. sir\'8ane.]
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.
2. An enticing, dangerous woman.
3. Something which is insidious or deceptive.
Consumption is a siren.
4. A mermaid. [Obs.]
5. (Zoöl.) Any long, slender amphibian of the genus Siren or family Sirenidæ, 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\'8ane, 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.]
Si"ren, a. Of or pertaining to a siren; bewitching, like a siren; fascinating; alluring; as, a siren song.
result(s) from the 1828
SIR''EN, n. 1. A mermaid. In ancient mythology, a goddess who enticed men into her power by the charms of music, and devoured them. Hence in modern use, an enticing woman; a female rendered dangerous by her enticements. Sing, siren, to thyself, and I will dote.2. A species of lizard in Carolina, constituting a peculiar genus, destitute of posterior extremities and pelvis.
SIR''EN, a. Pertaining to a siren, or to the dangerous enticements of music; bewitching; fascinating; as a siren song.