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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bead
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
beads of perspiration (=drops)
▪ He wiped the beads of perspiration from his brow.
beads of sweat (=drops of sweat)
▪ There were beads of sweat on his forehead.
worry beads
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
small
▪ These will rapidly solidify to form small beads of glass, a type of solid with a disorderly molecular arrangement.
▪ Corrigan felt small beads of sweat run from his armpits down his sides.
▪ Her forehead had small beads of sweat on it that glistened in the lamp light.
▪ His big hand wiped the small beads of sweat that had accumulated on his brow.
▪ Carefully reposition the bridge and press firmly until a small bead of glue appears around the edge.
tiny
▪ Collect together sequins, tiny glass beads, tiny shells, bits of lace and braid and ribbon.
▪ As the car hits the top of the bridge, tiny beads of sweat form on his forehead.
▪ The silvery substance clung to his skin, looking like tiny beads of mercury, as slippery as graphite between his fingers.
▪ Satiated, her tongue genteelly licks away a tiny bead of sauce that lingers on her lip.
▪ These are attached with a tiny matching bead.
■ NOUN
glass
▪ The vertical column is filled with glass beads or randomly orientated short pieces of glass tubing.
▪ Collect together sequins, tiny glass beads, tiny shells, bits of lace and braid and ribbon.
▪ In several instances hearths associated with workshop waste products were found, particularly for the production of glass beads and bronze jewellery.
▪ The evidence for glass bead production at Ribe is comprehensive, and the material has yet to be published in full.
▪ A wide range of glass bead types were found decorated in a number of ways.
▪ Work has so far included research into early medieval glass beads which provides supporting evidence for the fragmentary work on vessel glass.
worry
▪ Use a couple of small ones as worry beads, jiggling them around in the palm of your hand.
▪ He passes time gossiping, fingering worry beads and sipping ouzo.
▪ Shoulders hunched into the collar of his leather jacket, fists clenched inside the pockets, eyes little worry beads of suspicion.
■ VERB
draw
▪ My adversary raised and very deliberately drew a bead on me.
▪ I drew as close a bead as I could....
use
▪ The children in the following example were using a collection of beads, and their teacher decided to initiate an activity.
▪ Rock crystal was used for beads and was made into spheres mounted in metal cages, but the distributions are different.
▪ The opaque glasses used for making the beads provide us with a somewhat different level of inference.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
string of pearls/lights/beads etc
▪ A string of lights on the prom Dancing mad in the storm Who lives in such a place?
▪ A string of pearls was around her neck, and the bones of her right hand clutched a Bible.
▪ Beads can choke babies if swallowed, and long strings of beads can also half-strangle older children.
▪ Careful inspection of the image showed what looked like a string of pearls embedded in a bright haze.
▪ There was a cavity beneath with a string of pearls in it.
▪ When the harbor across the bay becomes a string of lights, foghorns take up the bass.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Beads of moisture have formed on the inside of the window.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
Beads can choke babies if swallowed, and long strings of beads can also half-strangle older children.
▪ Captures may damage it and the beads of glue exposed to the air may lose some of their stickiness.
▪ In several instances hearths associated with workshop waste products were found, particularly for the production of glass beads and bronze jewellery.
▪ Mardi Gras goods can be purchases at the 707 W.. Main St. store, starting at $ 1 for beads.
▪ Oxfam says it wasn't aware of a warning about the beads, issued seven months ago.
▪ Women in a riot of beads, bandannas and provocative bustles followed to centre nave.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bead

Bead \Bead\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Beading.] To ornament with beads or beading.

Bead

Bead \Bead\, v. i. To form beadlike bubbles.

Bead

Bead \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 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.]

  1. A prayer. [Obs.]

  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 be at one's beads,

    to bid beads, etc., meaning, to be at prayer.

  3. Any small globular body; as,

    1. A bubble in spirits.

    2. A drop of sweat or other liquid. ``Cold beads of midnight dew.''
      --Wordsworth.

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

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

    5. (Chem.) 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 and butt (Carp.), framing in which the panels are flush, having beads stuck or run upon the two edges.
      --Knight.

      Bead 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. [Written also bead mould.]

      Bead tool, a cutting tool, having an edge curved so as to make beads or beading.

      Bead tree (Bot.), a tree of the genus Melia, the best known species of which ( Melia azedarach), has blue flowers which are very fragrant, and berries which are poisonous.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bead

1570s, "to adorn with beads," from bead (n.). Meaning "to string like beads" is from 1883. Related: Beaded; beading.

bead

mid-14c., bede "prayer bead," from Old English gebed "prayer," with intensive or collective prefix *ge- + Proto-Germanic *bidam "entreaty" (cognates: Middle Dutch bede, Old High German beta, German bitte, Gothic bida "prayer, request"), from PIE *gwhedh- "to ask, pray."\n

\nShift in meaning came via beads threaded on a string to count prayers, and in phrases like to bid one's beads, to count one's beads. German cognate Bitte is the usual word for conversational request "please." Also related to bid (Old English biddan) and Gothic bidjan "to ask, pray." Sense transferred to "drop of liquid" 1590s; to "small knob forming front sight of a gun" 1831 (Kentucky slang); hence draw a bead on "take aim at," 1841, U.S. colloquial.

Wiktionary
bead

n. 1 (lb en archaic) prayer, later especially with a rosary. (from 9thc.) 2 Each in a string of small balls making up the rosary or paternoster. (from 14thc.) 3 A small round object. 4 #A small round object with a hole to allow it to be threaded on a cord or wire. (from 15thc.) 5 #A small round solid object. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To form into a bead. 2 (context transitive English) To apply beads to. 3 (context transitive English) To form into a bead.

WordNet
bead
  1. n. a small ball with a hole through the middle

  2. a shape that is small and round; "he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops"; "beads of sweat on his forehead" [syn: drop, pearl]

  3. a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture [syn: beading, beadwork, astragal]

bead
  1. v. form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example

  2. decorate by sewing beads onto; "bead the wedding gown"

  3. string together like beads

Wikipedia
Bead

A bead is a small, decorative object that is formed in a variety of shapes and sizes of a material such as stone, bone, shell, glass, plastic, wood or pearl and that a small hole is drilled for threading or stringing. Beads range in size from under to over 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/jewelry. 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 (e.g. fabric, clay).

Bead (woodworking)

A bead is a woodworking decorative treatment applied to various elements of wooden furniture, boxes and other items.

A bead is typically a rounded shape cut into a square edge to soften the edge and provide some protection against splitting. Beads can be simple round shapes, or more complex patterns.

A bead may be created with an electric router, a special moulding handplane or a scratch stock. Beads are usually cut directly into the edge of the item to which the bead is being applied. However, beads applied across the grain are usually cut into a separate piece which is then fixed in position.

A bead is also an important design element in wood turning, a ring-shape or convex curve incised into a piece by the use of a chisel or skew.

Bead (disambiguation)

A bead is a decorative object.

Bead may also refer to:

  • Bead (woodworking)
  • Beadwork, an ornament or utensil made from beads
  • Ferrite bead, a typically non-decorative passive electric component used to suppress high frequency noise in electronic circuits
  • Anal beads, a sex toy consisting of multiple spheres or balls attached together in series
  • Bead test, a type of chemical analysis
  • Bead method, a process of cell disruption for releasing biological molecules contained in cells

Usage examples of "bead".

He vaguely remembered that Clodius Afer had said something about wine as the Main Gallery lowered itself after the assembly, and then the two of them had gone off after a bead of orange light.

Clodius Afer said nonchalantly to the ceiling, where a yellow bead obediently sprang to life.

The crucial comparison is between B and E, since, although E has tasted the bead, it is amnesic and pecks it later.

There were candles and missals, collections plates, beads, lunules, censers, thuribles, aspergillums, and ciboria.

I think, too, there were some innocent bags full of beads and a few packages of Birmingham-made assegai blades.

She wore a new lace blouse, an expensive wrapper, coral beads round her neck, and copper bangles round her wrists.

Hanging on hooks were bracelets and bangles and hundreds of beaded necklaces, mostly of bright red beads mixed with gold coins.

Hugh could see her, see her with her bangles and her beads standing at the pithead, her little parcel of clothes tucked under her arm.

Hideo-san and Dugal Beader did their best for us, and managed to hold out for longer than anyone thought they could.

He and Hideo-san and Dugal Beader did their best for us, and managed to hold out for longer than anyone thought they could.

Paulie wanted to cover the glass beader with a blanket like a shroud, maybe get flowers to show respect.

Un-adorned metal boxes, beaders use minute particles of glass oxide impact beads and around eighty pounds of air pressure to blast rust and peeling paint off car parts.

There was a fault beading of sweat on his forehead though he tried to smile.

Ekeser answered calmly enough though there was sweat beading his upper lip.

I gave the monkey wide berth, nearly knocked into a huge betasselled sombrero someone had perched on a marble bust of the third Duke, avoided the peculiar green drink thrust in my direction by a woman dressed predominantly in beads and fringe, and escaped.