bead


bead
bead [bi:d] n
[: Old English; Origin: bed, gebed 'prayer'; because people counted beads while saying their prayers]
1.) one of a set of small, usually round, pieces of glass, wood, plastic etc, that you can put on a string and wear as jewellery
She wore a string of green glass beads around her neck.
2.) a small drop of liquid such as water or blood
Beads of sweat trickled down his face.
3.) draw a bead on sb/sth
to aim carefully before shooting a weapon

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  • Bead — (b[=e]d), n. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bead — bead; bead·ed; bead·er; bead·flush; bead·i·ly; …   English syllables

  • bead — [bēd] n. [ME bede, prayer, prayer bead < OE bed < biddan, to pray, ask: see BID1] 1. a small, usually round piece of glass, wood, metal, etc., pierced for stringing 2. [pl.] ROSARY (sense 1a) 3. [pl.] a string of beads; necklace …   English World dictionary

  • bead´i|ly — bead|y «BEE dee», adjective, bead|i|er, bead|i|est. 1. small, round, and shiny; beadlike: »The mouse has beady eyes …   Useful english dictionary

  • bead|y — «BEE dee», adjective, bead|i|er, bead|i|est. 1. small, round, and shiny; beadlike: »The mouse has beady eyes …   Useful english dictionary

  • bead — ► NOUN 1) a small piece of glass, stone, etc., threaded in a string with others to make a necklace or rosary. 2) a drop of a liquid on a surface. 3) a small knob forming the foresight of a gun. 4) the reinforced inner edge of a tyre. ► VERB 1)… …   English terms dictionary

  • Bead — Bead, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beading}.] To ornament with beads or beading. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bead — Bead, v. i. To form beadlike bubbles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bead — Bead. См. буртик. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • bead — [ bid ] noun count usually plural 1. ) a small usually round piece of plastic, glass, metal, etc. with a hole through it, that you put on a string or chain with other beads and wear as jewelry: a string of beads 2. ) a small drop of a liquid such …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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