WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bead /bid/USA pronunciation
Jewelrya small object of glass, wood, etc., with a hole through it, often put on a string with others of its kind in necklaces, etc.
a small drop of liquid or a bubble in a liquid: Beads of sweat popped out on his head.
to form beads or a bead on: [~ + object]The perspiration beaded his face.[no object]The moisture beaded on the glass.
Idiomsdraw or get a bead on, [~ + object] to take careful aim at (a target):The hit man got a bead on his victim.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bead /biːd/ n
- 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
- a small drop of moisture
- a small bubble in or on a liquid
- a small metallic knob acting as the sight of a firearm
- draw a bead on ⇒ to aim a rifle or pistol at
Also called: astragal a small convex moulding having a semicircular cross section
- count one's beads, say one's beads, tell one's beads ⇒ to pray with a rosary
Etymology: Old English bed prayer; related to Old High German gibet prayerˈbeaded adj
- (transitive) to decorate with beads
- to form into beads or drops
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