Bead Definition

bēd
beaded, beading, beads
noun
beads
A small, often round piece of material, such as glass, plastic, or wood, that is pierced for stringing or threading.
American Heritage
A small, usually round piece of glass, wood, metal, etc., pierced for stringing.
Webster's New World
A necklace made of such pieces.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
A rosary.
American Heritage
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verb
beaded, beading, beads
To furnish with or collect into beads.
American Heritage
To decorate or string with beads or beading.
Webster's New World
To form a bead or beads.
Webster's New World
To string like beads.
Webster's New World
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.
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idiom
draw
  • To take careful aim at.
American Heritage
draw a bead on
  • to take careful aim at
Webster's New World
say one's beads
  • to pray with a rosary
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Bead

Noun

Singular:
bead
Plural:
beads

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Origin of Bead

  • Middle English bede rosary bead, prayer from Old English bed, bedu, gebed prayer gwhedh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English ġebed, from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Dutch bede, German Gebet.

    From Wiktionary

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