[ beed ]
/ bid /
a small, usually round object of glass, wood, stone, or the like with a hole through it, often strung with others of its kind in necklaces, rosaries, etc.
- a necklace of beads: You don't have your beads on this evening.
- a rosary.
- Obsolete. devotions; prayers.
any small globular or cylindrical body.
a drop of liquid: beads of moisture.
a bubble rising through effervescent liquid.
Usually beads. a mass of such bubbles on the surface of a liquid.
the front sight of a rifle or gun.
a reinforced area of a rubber tire terminating the sidewall and fitting within the rim of a wheel.
Electricity. a glass, ceramic, or plastic insulator that contains and supports the inner conductor in a coaxial cable.
Chemistry. a globule of borax or some other flux, supported on a platinum wire, in which a small amount of some substance is heated in a flame as a test for its constituents.
Metallurgy. the rounded mass of refined metal obtained by cupellation.
Architecture, Furniture. a small molding having a convex circular section and, usually, a continuous cylindrical surface; astragal.
Welding. a continuous deposit of fused metal, either straight (stringer bead) or zigzag (weave bead).
verb (used with object)
to form or cause to form beads or a bead on.
to ornament with beads.
Carpentry. to form a bead on (a piece).
verb (used without object)
to form beads; form in beads or drops: perspiration beading on his forehead.
Words nearby bead
Idioms for bead
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
OTHER WORDS FROM beadbead·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for draw a bead on
/ (biːd) /
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
(tr) to decorate with beads
to form into beads or drops
Derived forms of beadbeaded, adjective
Word Origin for bead
Old English bed prayer; related to Old High German gibet prayer
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Idioms and Phrases with draw a bead on (1 of 2)
draw a bead on
Take careful aim, as in The debater drew a bead on his opponent. This term, dating from about 1830, alludes to the bead on a revolver or rifle, that is, a small knob in the foresight. [c. 1930]
Idioms and Phrases with draw a bead on (2 of 2)
see draw a bead on.
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