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
- [pl.] rosary (sense )
- [pl.] 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
say one's beads
- 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.