What does bead mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bead(noun)

    a small ball with a hole through the middle

  2. drop, bead, pearl(noun)

    a shape that is spherical and small

    "he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops"; "beads of sweat on his forehead"

  3. beading, bead, beadwork, astragal(verb)

    a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture

  4. bead(verb)

    form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example

  5. bead(verb)

    decorate by sewing beads onto

    "bead the wedding gown"

  6. bead(verb)

    string together like beads

Wiktionary

  1. bead(Noun)

    Prayer, later especially with a rosary.

  2. bead(Noun)

    Each in a string of small balls making up the rosary or paternoster.

  3. bead(Noun)

    A small round object

  4. bead(Noun)

    A ridge, band, or molding.

  5. bead(Noun)

    A knowledge sufficient to direct one's activities to a purpose.

    We now have a bead on the main technical issues for the project.

  6. bead(Verb)

    To form into a bead.

    The raindrops beaded on the car's waxed finish.

  7. bead(Verb)

    To apply beads to.

    She spent the morning beading the gown.

  8. bead(Verb)

    To form into a bead.

    The raindrops beaded on the car's waxed finish.

  9. Origin: From gebed, from . Cognate with Dutch bede, German Gebet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bead(noun)

    a prayer

  2. Bead(noun)

    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. Bead(noun)

    any small globular body

  4. Bead(noun)

    a bubble in spirits

  5. Bead(noun)

    a drop of sweat or other liquid

  6. Bead(noun)

    a small knob of metal on a firearm, used for taking aim (whence the expression to draw a bead, for, to take aim)

  7. Bead(noun)

    a small molding of rounded surface, the section being usually an arc of a circle. It may be continuous, or broken into short embossments

  8. Bead(noun)

    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

  9. Bead(verb)

    to ornament with beads or beading

  10. Bead(verb)

    to form beadlike bubbles

Freebase

  1. Bead

    A bead is a small, decorative object of various shapes & sizes, being solid or hollow, but usually pierced for threading or stringing. Beads range in size from under 1 millimetre to over 1 centimetre in diameter. A pair of beads made from Nassarius sea snail shells, approximately 100,000 years old, are thought to be the earliest known examples of jewellery. Beadwork is the art or craft of making things with beads. Beads can be woven together with specialized thread, strung onto thread or soft, flexible wire, or adhered to a surface.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bead

    bēd, n. a little ball pierced for stringing, a series of which forms the rosary or paternoster, used in counting the prayers recited: any small ball of glass, amber, &c. strung in a series to form a necklace: a bead-like drop: the small knob of metal forming the front-sight of a gun—whence the Americanism, To draw a bead upon = to take aim at: (archit.) a narrow moulding with semicircular section.—v.t. to furnish with beads.—v.i. to form a bead or beads.—adj. Bead′ed, furnished with beads.—ns. Bead′-house, a house for poor people who were required to pray for the soul of the founder: an almshouse; Bead′ing, a moulding in imitation of beads.—adj. Bead′-proof, of such proof or strength as to carry beads or bubbles when shaken, as alcoholic liquors.—ns. Bead′-roll, in pre-Reformation times, a roll or list of the dead to be prayed for, hence a list of names, a long series: a rosary; Beads′man, Bedes′man, one employed to pray for others, or one endowed to do so: (Scot.) a public alms-man or licensed beggar:—fem. Beads′woman.—adj. Bead′y, bead-like, small and bright (of eyes): covered with beads or bubbles.—To say, tell, count one's beads, to offer a prayer. [A.S. bed, gebed, a prayer, from biddan, to pray. See Bid.]

Editors Contribution

  1. bead

    A small decorative object created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles used for a variety of purposes.

    Beads are used for jewelry making, dressmaking, to create ornaments and many other purposes.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on October 6, 2015

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Anagrams for bead »

  1. abed, bade, baed

  2. Abed

  3. Bade

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bead in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of bead in a Sentence

  1. Brenda Ueland:

    I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten--happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.

  2. Shaena Campbell:

    It's more than just a dog. Shadoh was 19 when she was first diagnosed with cancer, and when she was too ill to get up, she ’d sit in bed and bead. Eventually she sold her handmade jewelry to save enough money to buy Hoss. Three years later, she was diagnosed with cancer again, fox4news.com reported. If she was really sick and she couldn't do anything, he would be there.

  3. Ronit Lupu:

    This discovery represents a highly significant addition to our research of the city and the vicinity. Apart from the pottery, the fascinating flint finds attest to the livelihood of the local population in prehistoric times: Small sickle blades for harvesting cereal crops, chisels and polished axes for building, borers and awls, and even a bead made of carnelian (a gemstone), indicating that jewelry was either made or imported, the grinding tools, mortars and pestles, like the basalt bowl, attest to technological skills as well as to the kinds of crafts practiced in the local community.

  4. Ronit Lupu:

    On completion of the excavations at Shu?fat, it is quite evident that there was a thriving settlement in the Jerusalem area in ancient times. Thousands of years later, the buildings uncovered are of a standard that would not fall short of Jerusalem’s architecture, this discovery represents a highly significant addition to our research of the city and the vicinity. Apart from the pottery, the fascinating flint finds attest to the livelihood of the local population in prehistoric times: Small sickle blades for harvesting cereal crops, chisels and polished axes for building, borers and awls, and even a bead made of carnelian (a gemstone), indicating that jewelry was either made or imported.

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