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

n a small ball with a hole through the middle

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)

n a shape that is spherical and small

beads of sweat on his forehead”
drop, pearl
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)

n a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture

astragal, beading, beadwork
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

v string together like beads

Type of:
draw, string, thread
thread on or as if on a string

v decorate by sewing beads onto

bead the wedding gown”
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

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

Type of:
assume a form or shape

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