hairpin

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A compound of hair + pin. The adjective form recalls the tight bend characteristic of a hairpin.

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Adjective[edit]

hairpin (not comparable)

  1. Characterized by an abrupt or extreme bend; shaped like a hairpin.
    Drive carefully. That road has a lot of hairpin turns.

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Noun[edit]

hairpin (plural hairpins)

  1. A pin or fastener for the hair.
  2. (biology) A kind of ribozyme; Hairpin ribozyme.

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