Several strands of colored beads.
- The definition of bead is a small piece of plastic, glass or wood, often round in shape, with a hole in the center for threading, which is used for making objects such as jewelry.
An example of a bead is the colored round plastic ball used to make a necklace.
- Bead is defined as a drop or bubble of something.
An example of a bead is a small drop of sweat on a person’s forehead.
- To bead is defined as to put rounded objects with a hole in the center onto a string, or onto an object of some type.
- An example of bead is to thread various shaped pieces of rounded objects onto a string to make a bracelet.
- An example of bead is to glue rounded pieces of material onto a lampshade for the purpose of decoration.
- a small, usually round piece of glass, wood, metal, etc., pierced for stringing
- rosary (sense )
- a string of beads; necklace
- any small, round object, as the sight at the muzzle end of a gun barrel
- a drop or bubble: beads of sweat
- a bubble in an effervescing liquid
- foam or a head, as on beer
- a globule of metal, as gold or silver, obtained by refining in a cupel
- the liplike region around a pneumatic tire that seals to the rim
- a narrow, half-round molding
- a molding composed of small rounded ornaments, like a string of beads
- Chem. a beadlike mass usually formed inside the loop of a platinum wire by the action of a flux, such as borax, upon the oxide or salt of certain metals: used in identifying metals in their compounds, since the metal determines the color of the bead
Origin of beadMiddle English bede, prayer, prayer bead ; from Old English bed ; from biddan, to pray, ask: see bid
- to decorate or string with beads or beading
- to string like beads
draw a bead on☆
- a. A small, often round piece of material, such as glass, plastic, or wood, that is pierced for stringing or threading.b. beads A necklace made of such pieces.c. beads Roman Catholic Church A rosary.d. often beads Obsolete A prayer.
- A small, round object, especially:a. A drop of moisture: beads of sweat.b. A bubble of gas in a liquid.c. A small metal knob on the muzzle of a firearm, such as a rifle, used for sighting.
- A strip of material, usually wood, with one molded edge placed flush against the inner part of a door or window frame.
- Architecture a. A decoration consisting of a usually continuous series of small spherical shapes, as on a convex molding.b. Beading.
- A projecting rim or lip, as on a pneumatic tire.
- A line of continuously applied ductile material, such as solder or caulking compound.
- Chemistry A globule of fused borax or other flux used in a bead test.
tr. & intr.v.bead·ed, bead·ing, beads
Origin of beadMiddle English bede, rosary bead, prayer, from Old English bed, bedu, gebed, prayer; see gwhedh- in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic) Prayer, later especially with a rosary. [from 9th c.]
- Each in a string of small balls making up the rosary or paternoster. [from 14th c.]
- A small round object.
- A small round object with a hole to allow it to be threaded on a cord or wire. [from 15th c.]
- A small round solid object.
- A small drop of water or other liquid. [from 16th c.]
- beads of sweat
- A bubble, in spirits.
- A small round ball at the end of a barrel of a gun used for aiming.
- She drew a bead on the target and fired.
- A ridge, band, or molding.
- A knowledge sufficient to direct one's activities to a purpose.
- We now have a bead on the main technical issues for the project.
- (chemistry, dated) 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.
- the borax bead; the iron bead, etc.
- front sight of a gun
(third-person singular simple present beads, present participle beading, simple past and past participle beaded)
- (intransitive) To form into a bead.
- The raindrops beaded on the car's waxed finish.
- To apply beads to.
- She spent the morning beading the gown.
- To form into a bead.
- He beaded some solder for the ends of the wire.
bead - Computer Definition
(1) A small programming subroutine. A sequence of beads that are strung together is called a "thread."
(2) The insulator surrounding the inner wire of a coaxial cable.