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Meaning of BEAD

Pronunciation:  beed

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a small ball with a hole through the middle
  2. [n]  a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture
  3. [n]  a shape that is small and round; "he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops"; "beads of sweat on his forehead"
  4. [v]  string together like beads
  5. [v]  decorate by sewing beads onto
  6. [v]  form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example

BEAD is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: astragal, beading, beadwork, drop, pearl
 See Also: adorn, bead and quirk, beautify, bugle, decorate, dewdrop, draw, embellish, form, grace, jewellery, jewelry, molding, moulding, ornament, quirk bead, round shape, spring, string, take form, take shape, teardrop, thread



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bead\, n. [OE. bede prayer, prayer bead, AS. bed, gebed,
    prayer; akin to D. bede, G. bitte, AS. biddan, to ask, bid,
    G. bitten to ask, and perh. to Gr. ? to persuade, L. fidere
    to trust. Beads are used by the Roman Catholics to count
    their prayers, one bead being dropped down a string every
    time a prayer is said. Cf. Sp. cuenta bead, fr. contar to
    count. See {Bid}, in to bid beads, and {Bide}.]
    1. A prayer. [Obs.]
    2. A little perforated ball, to be strung on a thread, and
       worn for ornament; or used in a rosary for counting
       prayers, as by Roman Catholics and Mohammedans, whence the
       phrases to tell beads, to at one's beads, to bid beads,
       etc., meaning, to be at prayer.
    3. Any small globular body; as,
       (a) A bubble in spirits.
       (b) A drop of sweat or other liquid. ``Cold beads of
           midnight dew.'' --Wordsworth.
       (c) A small knob of metal on a firearm, used for taking
           aim (whence the expression to draw a bead, for, to
           take aim).
       (d) (Arch.) A small molding of rounded surface, the
           section being usually an arc of a circle. It may be
           continuous, or broken into short embossments.
       (e) (Chem.) A glassy drop of molten flux, as borax or
           microcosmic salt, used as a solvent and color test for
           several mineral earths and oxides, as of iron,
           manganese, etc., before the blowpipe; as, the borax
           bead; the iron bead, etc.
    {Bead and butt} (Carp.), framing in which the panels are
       flush, having beads stuck or run upon the two edges.
    {Beat mold}, a species of fungus or mold, the stems of which
       consist of single cells loosely jointed together so as to
       resemble a string of beads. [Written also {bead mould}.]
    {Bead tool}, a cutting tool, having an edge curved so as to
       make beads or beading.
    {Bead tree} (Bot.), a tree of the genus {Melia}, the best
       known species of which ({M. azedarach}), has blue flowers
       which are very fragrant, and berries which are poisonous.
  2. \Bead\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beaded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To ornament with beads or beading.
  3. \Bead\, v. i.
    To form beadlike bubbles.
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