Definition of Bead

1. Noun. A small ball with a hole through the middle.

Specialized synonyms: Bugle
Generic synonyms: Jewellery, Jewelry
Derivative terms: Beady

2. Verb. Form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example.
Generic synonyms: Form

3. Noun. A shape that is spherical and small. "Beads of sweat on his forehead"
Exact synonyms: Drop, Pearl
Generic synonyms: Sphere
Specialized synonyms: Dewdrop, Teardrop
Derivative terms: Beady, Droplet

4. Verb. Decorate by sewing beads onto. "Bead the wedding gown"

5. Noun. A beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture.
Exact synonyms: Astragal, Beading, Beadwork
Generic synonyms: Molding, Moulding
Specialized synonyms: Bead And Quirk, Quirk Bead

6. Verb. String together like beads.
Generic synonyms: Draw, String, Thread

Definition of Bead

1. n. A prayer.

2. v. t. To ornament with beads or beading.

3. v. i. To form beadlike bubbles.

Definition of Bead

1. Noun. (archaic) Prayer, later especially with a rosary. (defdate from 9th c.) ¹

2. Noun. Each in a string of small balls making up the rosary or paternoster. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

3. Noun. A small round object ¹

4. Noun. A ridge, band, or molding. ¹

5. Noun. A knowledge sufficient to direct one's activities to a purpose. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To form into a bead. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To apply beads to. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To form into a bead. ¹

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Definition of Bead

1. to adorn with beads (round pieces of glass) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Bead

1. 1. A prayer. 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 bubble in spirits. A drop of sweat or other liquid. "Cold beads of midnight dew." . A small knob of metal on a firearm, used for taking aim (whence the expression to draw a bead, for, to take aim). A glassy drop of molten flux, as borax or microcosmic salt, used as a solvent and colour 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, 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. Alternative forms: bead mould] Bead tool, a cutting tool, having an edge curved so as to make beads or beading. Bead tree, 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. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bead

beacon fire
beacon light
bead (current term)
bead and quirk
bead breaker
bead fern
bead lightning
bead proof
bead tree
beaded hair
beaded lizard

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