[ bee-ding ]
/ ˈbi dɪŋ /


material composed of or adorned with beads.
narrow, lacelike trimming or edging.
narrow openwork trimming through which ribbon may be run.
Architecture, Furniture.
  1. a bead molding.
  2. all of the bead moldings in a single design.

Nearby words

  1. beaded lizard,
  2. beader,
  3. beadeye,
  4. beadflush,
  5. beadhouse,
  6. beading of ribs,
  7. beadle,
  8. beadle, george wells,
  9. beadledom,
  10. beadroll

Also beadwork (for defs 1, 4).

Origin of beading

First recorded in 1855–60; bead + -ing1


[ beed ]
/ bid /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beading


/ (ˈbiːdɪŋ) /


another name for bead (def. 6)
Also called: beadwork (ˈbiːdˌwɜːk) a narrow strip of some material used for edging or ornamentation


/ (biːd) /



(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 beading
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Idioms and Phrases with beading


see draw a bead on.

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