- a necklace of beads: You don't have your beads on this evening.
- a rosary.
- Obsolete. devotions; prayers.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of bead
Related formsbead·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for bead
The wall directly opposite the entrance was covered in colorful glass and bead mosaics.
The bead embroidery on the back of her coat said “Revolution.”Ilya Yashin & Ksenia Sobchak, the Russian Opposition’s Romeo & Juliet|Anna Nemtsova|December 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It also takes years of training to be able to sew, embroider, bead, and otherwise embellish these clothes.Chanel, Armani, and Givenchy Present Their Haute-Couture Collections in Paris|Robin Givhan|July 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In contrast, Hell on Wheels often has too much happening to get a bead on where the story is going.
Getting the gun out quickly and drawing a bead on a target, I decided, would challenge even Billy the Kid.
He drew his bead back into the room and looked at Emma with a laugh of satisfaction.Demos|George Gissing
I could carry my bead purse to school every day, or wear my coral chain a little while before I go to sleep at night.New Chronicles of Rebecca|Kate Douglas Wiggin
A bead similar in shape, color and marking rested at that very moment over my own heart.The Millionaire Baby|Anna Katharine Green
If the bead is completely saturated, it retains its opalescent appearance.
A shell somewhat similar to this made into a bead was found in the Nez Perce region.The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley|Harlan Ingersoll Smith
British Dictionary definitions for bead
Derived Formsbeaded, adjective
Word Origin for bead
Idioms and Phrases with bead
see draw a bead on.