By the time Cerf died, in 1971, he realized to his regret that synergy was a siren that had swallowed him whole.
In the living room of the anarchist co-op, siren reunites with her ex-boyfriend Austin.
Year after year, our children fall prey to the siren that is heroin.
On Monday, the Drudge Report issued its siren warning: “Gangs Plan Hurricane Looting Spree Via Twitter.”
When Formiga had its evacuation drill two months later, Alan filmed a rap video encouraging his neighbors to respect the siren.
Her siren song would make the mermaiden's melodies sound like a hurdy-gurdy.
And the populace, listening to his siren voice, believed him.
Now a signal could be descried from the "siren's" mast-head.
A brief interval passed, disturbed by the hooting of a siren.
Long before their arrival the siren call had ceased, but there had been no lessening of speed by the racing dugouts.
mid-14c., "sea nymph who by her singing lures sailors to their destruction," from Old French sereine (12c., Modern French sirène) and directly from Latin Siren (Late Latin Sirena), from Greek Seiren ["Odyssey," xii.39 ff.], one of the Seirenes, mythical sisters who enticed sailors to their deaths with their songs, also in Greek "a deceitful woman," perhaps literally "binder, entangler," from seira "cord, rope."
Meaning "device that makes a warning sound" (on an ambulance, etc.) first recorded 1879, in reference to steamboats, perhaps from similar use of the French word. Figurative sense of "one who sings sweetly and charms" is recorded from 1580s. The classical descriptions of them were mangled in medieval translations and glosses, resulting in odd notions of what they looked like.