Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Siphonobranchiate adjective (Zoology) Having a siphon, or siphons, to convey water to the gills; belonging or pertaining to the Siphonobranchiata. -- noun One of the Siphonobranchiata.
Siphonoglyphe noun [ Siphon + Greek ......... to engrave.] (Zoology) A gonidium.
Siphonophora noun plural
[ New Latin , from Greek ......... a siphon + ............ to bear.] (Zoology) An order of pelagic Hydrozoa including species which form complex free-swimming communities composed of numerous zooids of various kinds, some of which act as floats or as swimming organs, others as feeding or nutritive zooids, and others as reproductive zooids. See Illust. under Physallia , and Porpita .
Siphonophoran adjective (Zoology) Belonging to the Siphonophora. -- noun One of the Siphonophora.
Siphonophore noun (Zoology) One of the Siphonophora.
Siphonopoda noun plural
[ New Latin See Siphon
, and -poda
.] (Zoology) A division of Scaphopoda including those in which the foot terminates in a circular disk.
Siphonostomata noun plural
[ New Latin See Siphon
, and Stoma
.] (Zoology) (a) A tribe of parasitic copepod Crustacea including a large number of species that are parasites of fishes, as the lerneans. They have a mouth adapted to suck blood. (b) An artificial division of gastropods including those that have siphonostomatous shells.
Siphonostomatous adjective (Zoology) (a) Having the front edge of the aperture of the shell prolonged in the shape of a channel for the protection of the siphon; -- said of certain gastropods. (b) Pertaining to the Siphonostomata.
Siphonostome noun [ Greek ......... a siphon + ......... mouth.] (Zoology) (a) Any parasitic entomostracan of the tribe Siphonostomata. (b) A siphonostomatous shell.
Siphorhinal adjective [ Siphon + rhinal .] (Zoology) Having tubular nostrils, as the petrels.
Siphorhinian noun (Zoology) A siphorhinal bird.
[ Latin siphunculus
, dim. of sipho
. See Siphon
.] (Zoology) The tube which runs through the partitions of chambered cephalopod shells.
Siphuncled adjective (Zoology) Having a siphuncle; siphunculated.
Siphuncular adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the siphuncle.
Siphunculated adjective (Zoology) Having a siphuncle. Huxley.
[ See Insipid
.] Having a taste or flavorl savory; sapid.
[ Obsolete] Cockeram.
Sipper noun One whi sips.
[ See Sip
.] A small sop; a small, thin piece of toasted bread soaked in milk, broth, or the like; a small piece of toasted or fried bread cut into some special shape and used for garnishing.
Your sweet sippets in widows' houses. Milton.
Sipple intransitive verb [ Freq. of sip .] To sip often. [ Obsolete or Scot.]
Sippling adjective Sipping often. [ Obsolete] "Taken after a sippling sort." Holland.
Sipunculacea noun plural
[ New Latin , from Sipunculus
, the typical genus. See Siphuncle
.] (Zoology) A suborder of Gephyrea, including those which have the body unarmed and the intestine opening anteriorly.
Sipunculoid adjective [ New Latin Sipunculus , the typical genus + -oid .] (Zoology) Pertaining to the Sipunculoidea. -- noun One of the Sipunculoidea.
Sipunculoidea noun plural
[ New Latin ] (Zoology) (a) Same as Gephyrea . (b) In a restricted sense, same as Sipunculacea .
[ Middle English sire
, French sire
, contr. from the nominative Latin senior
an elder, elderly person, compar. of senex
, an aged person; akin to Greek ......... old, Sanskrit sana
, Goth. sineigs
eldest, Ir. & Gael. sean
old, W. hen
. Confer Seignior
.] 1. A man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; -- in this sense usually spelled sire .
He was crowned lord and sire . Gower.
In the election of a sir so rare. Shak. 2. A title prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or a baronet.
Sir Horace Vere, his brother, was the principal in the active part. Bacon. 3. An English rendering of the LAtin Dominus , the academical title of a bachelor of arts; -- formerly colloquially, and sometimes contemptuously, applied to the clergy. Nares.
Instead of a faithful and painful teacher, they hire a Sir John, which hath better skill in playing at tables, or in keeping of a garden, than in God's word. Latimer. 4. A respectful title, used in addressing a man, without being prefixed to his name; -- used especially in speaking to elders or superiors; sometimes, also, used in the way of emphatic formality.
"What's that to you, sir
» Anciently, this title, was often used when a person was addressed as a man holding a certain office, or following a certain business. " Sir
man of law." " Sir
parish priest." Chaucer. Sir reverance
. See under Reverence , noun
Sircar noun [ Hind. & Persian sarkār a superintendant, overseer, chief; Persian sar the head + kār action, work.]
1. A Hindoo clerk or accountant. [ India] 2. A district or province; a circar. [ India] 3. The government; the supreme authority of the state. [ India]
Sirdar noun [ Hind. & Persian sardār a chief, general; sar the head, top + dār holding, possessing.] A native chief in Hindostan; a headman. Malcom.
Sirdar noun In Turkey, Egypt, etc., a commander in chief, esp. the one commanding the Anglo-Egyptian army.
[ French sire
, originally, an older person. See Sir
.] 1. A lord, master, or other person in authority. See Sir .
Pain and distress, sickness and ire, Rom. of R. 2. A tittle of respect formerly used in speaking to elders and superiors, but now only in addressing a sovereign. 3. A father; the head of a family; the husband.
And melancholy that angry sire ,
Be of her palace senators.
Jankin thet was our sire [ i.e., husband]. Chaucer.
And raise his issue, like a loving sire . Shak. 4. A creator; a maker; an author; an originator.
[ He] was the sire of an immortal strain. Shelley. 5. The male parent of a beast; -- applied especially to horses; as, the horse had a good sire .
is often used in composition; as in grand sire
, grandfather; great-grand sire
, great- grandfather.
Sire transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Sired
; present participle & verbal noun Siring
.] To beget; to procreate; -- used of beasts, and especially of stallions.
[ New Latin , from Greek ......... a siren.] (Zoology) The larval form of any salamander while it still has external gills; especially, one of those which, like the axolotl ( Amblystoma Mexicanum ), sometimes lay eggs while in this larval state, but which under more favorable conditions lose their gills and become normal salamanders. See also Axolotl .
[ Latin , from Greek .........: confer French sirène
.] 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; Pope. 2. An enticing, dangerous woman. Shak. 3. Something which is insidious or deceptive.
Their song is death, and makes destruction please.
Consumption is a siren . W. Irving. 4. A mermaid.
[ Obsolete] Shak. 5. (Zoology) 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.
[ French sirène
, 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
Siren adjective Of or pertaining to a siren; bewitching, like a siren; fascinating; alluring; as, a siren song.
Sirene noun See Siren , 6.
Sirenia noun plural
[ New Latin ] (Zoology) An order of large aquatic herbivorous mammals, including the manatee, dugong, rytina, and several fossil genera.
» The hind limbs are either rudimentary or wanting, and the front ones are changed to paddles. They have horny plates on the front part of the jaws, and usually flat-crowned molar teeth. The stomach is complex and the intestine long, as in other herbivorous mammals. See Cetacea (b)
Sirenian noun (Zoology) Any species of Sirenia.
Sirenical adjective Like, or appropriate to, a siren; fascinating; deceptive.
Here's couple of sirenical rascals shall enchant ye. Marton.
Sirenize intransitive verb To use the enticements of a siren; to act as a siren; to fascinate.
[ Latin , from Greek ........., from ......... the Dog Star, properly, scorching.] (Medicine) (a) A sunstroke. (b) The act of exposing to a sun bath. [ Obsolete] Confer Insolation .
[ Latin , from Greek ........., properly, scorching.] (Astron.) The Dog Star. See Dog Star .
Sirkeer noun (Zoology) Any one of several species of Asiatic cuckoos of the genus Taccocua , as the Bengal sirkeer ( T. sirkee ).
Sirloin noun [ A corruption of surloin . Not so called because this cut of beef was once jocosely knighted (dubbed Sir Loin) by an English king, as according to a popular story.] A loin of beef, or a part of a loin. [ Written also surloin .]
Siroc noun See Sirocco .
[ Poetic] Emerson.
; plural Siroccos
. [ Italian sirocco
, Arabic shorug
, from sharq
the rising of the sun, the east, fr, sharaca
to rise as the sun. Confer Saracen
.] An oppressive, relaxing wind from the Libyan deserts, chiefly experienced in Italy, Malta, and Sicily.
Sirocco (sĭ*rŏk"ko) noun In general, any hot dry wind of cyclonic origin, blowing from arid or heated regions, including the desert wind of Southern California, the harmattan of the west coasts of Africa, the hot winds of Kansas and Texas, the kamsin of Egypt, the leste of the Madeira Islands, and the leveche of Spain.
[ Probably from Icelandic sīra
, from French sire
. See Sir
.] A term of address implying inferiority and used in anger, contempt, reproach, or disrespectful familiarity, addressed to a man or boy, but sometimes to a woman. In sililoquies often preceded by ah . Not used in the plural.
mistress." Beau. & Fl.
Go, sirrah , to my cell. Shak.
[ See Syrt
.] A quicksand.