Definition of "bead" []

  • A small, often round piece of material, such as glass, plastic, or wood, that is pierced for stringing or threading. (noun)
  • A necklace made of such pieces. (noun)
  • Roman Catholic Church A rosary. (noun)
  • Obsolete A prayer. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • A small, round object, especially: (noun)
  • A small usually spherical piece of glass, wood, plastic, etc, with a hole through it by means of which it may be strung with others to form a necklace, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A small drop of moisture (noun)
  • A small bubble in or on a liquid (noun)
  • A small metallic knob acting as the sight of a firearm (noun)
  • A small convex moulding having a semicircular cross section (noun)
  • A small solid globule made by fusing a powdered sample with borax or a similar flux on a platinum wire. The colour of the globule serves as a test for the presence of certain metals (bead test) (noun)
  • A deposit of welding metal on the surface of a metal workpiece, often used to examine the structure of the weld zone (noun)
  • One of the beads of a rosary (noun)
  • To decorate with beads (verb)
  • To form into beads or drops (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bead" in a sentence
  • "Also, if you're using a shotgun with a plain bead, holding on the head completely obstructs your view of the bird."
  • "Del, I don't know what kind of maidens you are used to kissing but a 3.5 inch turkey load tends to leave a "hickey" on my shoulder after each smooch ... even when that orange bead is held on the base of old Tom's warty neck!"
  • "If the bead is on the mark whatever it is, is down."