• WordNet 3.6
    • v bead string together like beads
    • v bead decorate by sewing beads onto "bead the wedding gown"
    • v bead form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example
    • n bead a small ball with a hole through the middle
    • n bead a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture
    • n bead a shape that is spherical and small "he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops","beads of sweat on his forehead"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

73 Beaded 73 Beaded
Showing a repeated floral design with bead pattern border at the bottom Showing a repeated floral design with bead pattern border at the bottom
Showing floral and bead patterns Showing floral and bead patterns
A symmetrical pattern, showing lines, beads and animal figures A symmetrical pattern, showing lines, beads and animal figures
Repeated fan, leaf and bead pattern Repeated fan, leaf and bead pattern
A few objects unearthed at Jamestown which were used for trading with the Indians. Shown are glass beads, scissors, iron knives, a hatchet, and bell fragments A few objects unearthed at Jamestown which were used for trading with the Indians. Shown are glass beads, scissors,...
Bead Chair Bead Chair

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The aroma and flavor derived from coffee is a result of the little beads of the oily substance called coffee essence, coffeol, or coffee oil. This is not an actual oil since it dissolves in water.
    • Bead A bubble in spirits.
    • Bead A drop of sweat or other liquid.
    • Bead 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.
    • Bead 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 be at one's beads to bid beads, etc., meaning, to be at prayer.
    • Bead A prayer.
    • Bead A small knob of metal on a firearm, used for taking aim (whence the expression to draw a bead, for, to take aim).
    • Bead A small molding of rounded surface, the section being usually an arc of a circle. It may be continuous, or broken into short embossments.
    • Bead Any small globular body
    • v. i Bead To form beadlike bubbles.
    • v. t Bead To ornament with beads or beading.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The earliest known wholly glass objects beads were found in Egypt about 4,500 years ago. The first glass cups were also found in Egypt about 3,500 years ago.
    • n bead Prayer; a prayer; specifically, a prayer of the list or bead-roll, read at public church-services by the preacher before his sermon, or by the curate (see bead-roll): usually in the plural. Hence, in this sense, to bid (one's) beads, to say (one's) prayers. See phrases below.
    • n bead One of the little balls, of wood, cocoanut-shell, pearl, glass, jewels, or other material, strung in a prescribed order, which form the chaplet or rosary in use in the devotions of Roman Catholics, Buddhists, etc., to keep count of the number of prayers said. See pair of beads, below.
    • n bead Anything resembling a rosary-bead, strung with others for ornament, as in necklaces or beadwork: as, glass, amber, metal, coral, or other beads.
    • n bead Any small globular, cylindrical, or annular body, as the small projecting piece of metal at the end of a gun-barrel used as a sight, a drop of liquid, etc.
    • n bead One of the circular markings of certain diatoms.
    • n bead The bubble or mass of bubbles rising to the top or resting on the surface of a liquid when shaken or decanted: as, the bead of wines or spirits.
    • n bead A glass globule for trying the strength of alcoholic spirits. Beads are numbered according to their specific gravities, and the strength of the spirit is denominated by the number of that one which remains suspended in it, and neither sinks to the bottom nor floats on the surface. Beads, in determining the strength of spirits, are now for the most part superseded by the hydrometer.
    • n bead In mineralogy, in the blowpipe examination of minerals, a globule of borax or other flux which is supported on a platinum wire, and in which the substance under examination is dissolved in the blowpipe flame.
    • n bead In arch. and joinery, a small convex molding, in section a semicircle or greater than a semicircle; properly, a plain molding, but often synonymous with astragal, which is better reserved for a small convex molding cut into the form of a string of beads. The bead is a very frequent ornament, used to mark a junction or a separation, as between the shaft and the capital of a column, to dress an angle, etc. It is much used in woodwork of all kinds, from carpenters' work to the finest kinds of joinery and cabinet-work. Among joiners the bead is variously introduced; as: bead and butt (fig. 1), framed work in which the panel is flush with the framing and has a bead run on two edges in the direction of the grain only, while the ends are left plain;
    • n bead In bookbinding, shoemaking, etc., any cord-like prominence, as the roll on the head-band of a book, the seam of a shoe, etc.
    • n bead that is, “set of beads” (), a rosary; now, specifically, a chaplet of five decades, that is, a third part of the rosary. A chaplet or pair of beads, as thus restricted, is the form in common use under the name of the beads. The large beads between the decades were formerly called gaudies (see gaud, gaudy); each separate bead, or grain, as it is now termed, Tyndale calls a stone.
    • n bead literally, to offer (one's) prayers; hence the later equivalent phrases to say or recite (one's) beads, now with reference, as literally in the phrase to tell (one's) beads, to counting off prayers by means of the beads on the rosary. The phrases to count and to number (one's) beads are merely literary.
    • bead To ornament with beads; raise beads upon.
    • n bead In weaving, a roughness of yarn due to fraying by friction or rubbing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bead a prayer
    • n Bead bēd 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:
    • v.t Bead to furnish with beads
    • v.i Bead to form a bead or beads
    • n Bead bēd (archit.) a narrow moulding with semicircular section
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Draw a bead on - To draw a bead on is to aim a gun at something and can be used to mean to focus on or aim at someting as a goal..


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. pei`qein 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. See Bid, in to bid beads, and Bide
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bed, gebed, a prayer, from biddan, to pray. See Bid.


In literature:

With his small body clad from head to foot in the beaded buckskin, which it was his nurse's joy to fashion for him.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
What need of fringes and bead work and laying feathers in rows to be stitched on with a sort of thread made of fine, tough grass?
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
I saw murder in those black bead eyes of Bivens's to-night.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
He had not reached the second bead, when misunderstanding again pursued him.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
These Indians had hatchets, knives, and beads.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
He poked the beads to the needle's tip with the forefinger of his left.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
They gladly exchanged cocoanuts, fruit resembling apples, bread-fruit, and small fish, for beads and other trifles.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
The cloth thus received by the doctor for working with the beads must not be used by him, but must be sold.
"The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees" by James Mooney
He began to gather all the bits of colored cloth, old beads, and feathers that were lying on the ground where the camp had been.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
The sweat broke out on his forehead in great beads.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

Drew a cool bead
One the cop's broad head;
"I returns you yo' favor"
And the cop fell dead.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
As a cataract's roar
Do our names flow out;
Though to this thread of beads
Could our meeting
Be compared…
"As a cataract's roar" by Ise
The spray of the silent river,
Is cold beaded on his brow,
For Jordan's billowy swellings
Are bearing him onward now
"A Legend Of Buckingham Village" by Nora Pembroke
No jewels lend the blinding sheen
That meaner beauty needs,
But on her bosom heaves unseen
A string of golden beads.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Not a word the Indian spoke,
But his wampum chain he broke,
And the beaded wonder hung
On that neck so fair and young.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For the carols I had wrought
In my soul's simplicity;
For the petty beads of thought
Which thine eyes alone could see.
"Communion" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Thanks to studs, beads and posh paillettes, everything this spring is illuminated.
Charms, beads, wire, clasps) to assemble necklaces, jewelry accessories, or charms that can be hooked on shoelaces and backpacks or used as zipper pulls.
Little blue-gray beads add a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture to shortbread -style dough in this cookie.
A dupioni silk collection made of 100 percent dupioni silk and beaded trims.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, A shell that had been fashioned into a bird-shaped bead was found along Silverbell Road.
Tiffany Earrings 925 Sliver Bead can be a lovely little gift to your girlfriend in this Valentine.
Next, move the iron tip to the plug lead and add enough solder to form a small bead of solder on the plug's metal tab.
Spherical Beads for Active, Pigment, Fragrance Delivery.
Wherever you go at Mardi Gras time, there they are, as plentiful as beads on power lines and as diverse as king-cake fillings.
Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood The Grand Rapids Press Detail work: Erik Klimek spent about 13 hours stitching 800 glass beads to the dress he made for his granddaughter.
A single bead of sweat strains earnestly, welled at the bottom of his rimless eyeglass lens.
Seriously, can anybody get a bead on just what the heck is happening right now with the Lakers.
Keep the look formal by choosing luxurious fabrics embellished with metallic threads and beading.
Hope, therapy, prayer: The Rosary Makers string along more than beads on Lady's Island.
Sorry for the late notice, but if you're looking for beads this weekend, look no further than a short drive up Interstate 35 to Schertz or New Braunfels.

In science:

The inter-beads distance for the first strand is f /2κ for f < fc and f /κ for f > fc and a discontinuity appears at fc .
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
Similarly, the average distance between the end beads of the two strands is approximately zero for f < fc and proportional to N for f > fc (¯rN = N f /κ, see Fig. 1).
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
The statistical weight for the end-to-end distance of the first strand to be fixed at σN is equal to R dR R drδ(σN − R − r/2)ZR (R, N )Zr (r, N ). σ is the inter-beads distance of the first strand.
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
The order parameter for the thermal melting can chose to be the probability Ploc (n) for the distance of a pair of beads (with index n) of the double-stranded polymer to be less than the characteristic length a.
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
As we shall see later, however, the conjecture (3) does not hold for the rod-bead model.
Characteristic length of random knotting for cylindrical self-avoiding polygons