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Meaning of bead

bead

Pronunciation: (bēd), [key]
— n.
  1. a small, usually round object of glass, wood, stone, or the like with a hole through it, often strung with others of its kind in necklaces, rosaries, etc.
  2. You don't have your beads on this evening.
    1. a necklace of beads:You don't have your beads on this evening.
    2. a rosary.
    3. Obs.devotions; prayers.
  3. any small globular or cylindrical body.
  4. a drop of liquid: beads of moisture.
  5. a bubble rising through effervescent liquid.
  6. Usually,a mass of such bubbles on the surface of a liquid.
  7. the front sight of a rifle or gun.
  8. a reinforced area of a rubber tire terminating the sidewall and fitting within the rim of a wheel. See illus. under
  9. a glass, ceramic, or plastic insulator that contains and supports the inner conductor in a coaxial cable.
  10. a globule of borax or some other flux, supported on a platinum wire, in which a small amount of some substance is heated in a flame as a test for its constituents.
  11. the rounded mass of refined metal obtained by cupellation.
  12. a small molding having a convex circular section and, usually, a continuous cylindrical surface; astragal.
  13. a continuous deposit of fused metal, either straightor zigzag
  14. to say one's prayers, using rosary beads: There were a few old women counting their beads in the hushed silence of the chapel.
  15. to take careful aim at: The marksman drew a bead on his target.
—v.t.
  1. to form or cause to form beads or a bead on.
  2. to ornament with beads.
  3. to form a bead on (a piece).
—v.i.
  1. to form beads; form in beads or drops: perspiration beading on his forehead.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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