Definition of bead in English:
- She had green and gold beads for all us gals to put around our necks.
- Wealthy women might have a string of brightly coloured beads linking the two brooches across the chest.
- The beads, pendants, and engravings were surprisingly well-preserved.
- Sometimes, I see beads of glistening sweat dropping off her forehead.
- Their limbs ached from walking so far and beads of sweat dropped onto the ground from the scorching sun.
- Seconds later, Mel was back with a towel to wipe salty beads of liquid away from Sam's face.
- He was in the bathroom, he said, when he noticed the red bead of an automatic weapon's sighting trained on him.
- Rather, they decided on a single fixed-leaf rear sight with a gold bead front sight.
- It was off to Hamilton Bowen to be bead blasted and re-blued.
- This is the distance between the vertical edges of the rim where the tire bead seats.
- Wetting the beads of the tire and/or the mounting surfaces in the rim is important because it makes a better seal against the rim and slides easily onto the bead seat.
- This refers to diameter of the metal ring, on which the bead of the tire rests.
- Trim Tex shadow bead connects drywall with interior door and window jambs for a clean look, Reader says.
- The plane is a Grecian ovolo with bead and is designed to cut a one-inch wide profile in half-inch thick stock.
- If you can't pry out the nails without further damaging the wall, use the snips to cut the bead from around the nailheads.
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- They also come braided, beaded, decorated, and high-heeled.
- Taren said, presenting her with a sword that remained sheathed in an elven leather scabbard, beaded and decorated with the majestic colors of the earth.
- Mountain-dwelling Hani women in patchwork costumes sell beaded headdresses and bags.
- These pearls are beaded in the form of chains, studs or bangles.
- After all my bragging about beads, Jim sent me a nice e-mail and asked me if I'd be willing to take a commission to bead him a bracelet.
- An African Arts Week at Sunnymede Infants School, in Mons Avenue, saw children learn how to bead necklaces ready to dance to traditional music.
- She came out of the bathroom with the pictures of the training facility, then used her mini blow dryer to dry the water which beaded the surface of the prints.
- Flowers with their petals recently beaded with rain drops have a unique appeal, the very epitome of freshness.
- The answer is in the minute details of the leaf structure at the surface which beads water and directs it off the leaf, containing a load of dust and other particles.
draw (or get) a bead on
- chiefly North American Take aim at.Example sentences
aim at, fix on, focus on, zero in on, sight
- ‘He drew a bead on me and I drew a bead on him and dropped him,’ Capt. Hornbuckle says. ‘He was not going to stop me from going home.’
- Turner got a bead on yet another alien ship and loosed a missile from the left pylon.
- Other times, on other nights that Goodrum himself describes, he'd relive those bleak seconds aboard the USS Missouri when he was in the Navy during the War and a missile drew a bead on his ship.
- 1.1Fully understand or make sense of: it’s hard to draw a bead on the stock market these daysMore example sentences
- The Snowbirds obliged by flying in numbers sufficient for my autofocus to get a bead on them.
- The purpose of the dance was to prevent snipers from getting a bead on us.
- Plenty of good spots for a rebel sniper or two with AA artillery to get a bead on an air limo cruising along.
tell (or say) one's beads
- Use the beads of a rosary in counting prayers.Example sentences
- Franz Werfel said of an old woman that she told her beads as though she were knitting garments for the poor.
- She had remained steadfast in her faith and had continued to tell her beads on her fingers.
- Josephine kept a long list of intentions and told her beads with the same dispatch with which she cleaned house.
The original meaning of bead was ‘prayer’. Current meanings of bead come from the use of a rosary, each bead representing a prayer. Bid (Old English) first found in the sense ‘ask, beg’ is related.
Words that rhyme with beadaccede, Bede, bleed, breed, cede, concede, creed, deed, Eid, exceed, feed, Gide, God speed, greed, he'd, heed, impede, interbreed, intercede, Jamshid, knead, lead, mead, Mede, meed, misdeed, mislead, misread, need, plead, proceed, read, rede, reed, Reid, retrocede, screed, secede, seed, she'd, speed, stampede, steed, succeed, supersede, Swede, tweed, weak-kneed, we'd, weed
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