A bead is a small bauble or jewel with a hole through its middle for stringing on a necklace or bracelet. You can make your own jewelry by stringing colorful beads on a long cord.

Beads are decorative balls made from stone, glass, or plastic. Rosary beads — or other prayer beads — are used for praying or meditating, and in some societies beads are the equivalent of money, used as currency to buy things. You can also describe a round drop of liquid as a bead, like a bead of sweat on your forehead. The earliest meaning of bead is "prayer bead," from the Old English gebed, "prayer."

Definitions of bead
  1. noun
    a small ball with a hole through the middle
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    a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothing for decoration
    type of:
    jewellery, jewelry
    an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)
  2. noun
    a shape that is spherical and small
    beads of sweat on his forehead”
    synonyms: drop, pearl
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    a drop of dew
    anything shaped like a falling drop (as a pendant gem on an earring)
    type of:
    a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses)
  3. noun
    a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture
    synonyms: astragal, beading, beadwork
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    bead and quirk, quirk bead
    beading formed with a narrow groove separating it from the surface it decorates
    type of:
    molding, moulding
    a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
  4. verb
    string together like beads
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    type of:
    draw, string, thread
    thread on or as if on a string
  5. verb
    decorate by sewing beads onto
    bead the wedding gown”
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    type of:
    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  6. verb
    form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example
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    type of:
    assume a form or shape
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