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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)

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.

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."