Crossword clues for bead
- A small ball with a hole through the middle
- A shape that is small and round
- Necklace item
- Wampum item
- Necklace unit
- Perspiration unit
- Rosary unit
- Rosary item
- Piece of wampum
- Gun sight
- Gun's front sight
- Draw a ___ on (aim)
- Necklace part
- Drop of perspiration
- One on a string
- Kind of work
- String, in a way
- Rosary segment
- String a necklace
- Draw a ___ on
- Bit of wampum
- Rifle peephole
- Necklace ornament
- Trading unit, once
- Item of wampum
- Bit of sweat
- Neckwear piece
- Decoration on an Indian moccasin
- Indian valuable
- Drop of sweat
- Primitive monetary unit
- Rosary component
- See 1-Across
- Moccasin adornment
- Moccasin decoration
- You might sweat it out
- Necklace piece
- One being strung along?
- Rosary part
- Thing on a string
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bead \Bead\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Beading.] To ornament with beads or beading.
Bead \Bead\, v. i. To form beadlike bubbles.
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.]
A prayer. [Obs.]
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 bid beads, etc., meaning, to be at prayer.
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).
(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.
(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.
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
1570s, "to adorn with beads," from bead (n.). Meaning "to string like beads" is from 1883. Related: Beaded; beading.
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.
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.
v. form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example
decorate by sewing beads onto; "bead the wedding gown"
string together like beads
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).
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.
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.