bead

[beed]
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to form beads; form in beads or drops: perspiration beading on his forehead.

Nearby words

  1. beacon hill,
  2. beacon school,
  3. beacon status,
  4. beaconage,
  5. beaconsfield,
  6. bead and reel,
  7. bead lightning,
  8. bead molding,
  9. bead plane,
  10. bead plant

Idioms

    count/say/tell one's beads, to say one's prayers, using rosary beads: There were a few old women counting their beads in the hushed silence of the chapel.
    draw/get a bead on, to take careful aim at: The marksman drew a bead on his target.

Origin of bead

before 900; Middle English bede prayer, prayer bead (where, on a rosary each bead symbolizes a prayer, the word for the notion symbolized was transferred to the designating object), Old English gebed prayer; akin to bid1, German Gebet

Related formsbead·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for bead

bead

noun

a small usually spherical piece of glass, wood, plastic, etc, with a hole through it by means of which it may be strung with others to form a necklace, etc
a small drop of moisturea bead of sweat
a small bubble in or on a liquid
a small metallic knob acting as the sight of a firearm
draw a bead on to aim a rifle or pistol at
Also called: astragal architect carpentry a small convex moulding having a semicircular cross section
chem a small solid globule made by fusing a powdered sample with borax or a similar flux on a platinum wire. The colour of the globule serves as a test for the presence of certain metals (bead test)
metallurgy a deposit of welding metal on the surface of a metal workpiece, often used to examine the structure of the weld zone
RC Church one of the beads of a rosary
count one's beads, say one's beads or tell one's beads to pray with a rosary

verb

(tr) to decorate with beads
to form into beads or drops
Derived Formsbeaded, adjective

Word Origin for bead

Old English bed prayer; related to Old High German gibet prayer

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Word Origin and History for bead
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Idioms and Phrases with bead

bead

see draw a bead on.

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