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American English: /bid/
British English: /biːd/

Translation of bead in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (on necklace, bracelet) a string of beads
    una sarta de cuentas
    un collar
    Example sentences
    • The excavators found Roman glass beads from a necklace and one gaming counter.
    • He deftly picks up different objects such as glass stones, beads and white metal piping and threads it aesthetically on a black cotton thread to make a necklace.
    • Local craft production included the manufacture of glass and stone beads, and extensive tin, bronze, and gold working.
    1.2 (of rosary) to say or tell one's beads [archaic] 1.3 (drop) beads of sweat/condensation
    gotas de sudor/condensación
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (on gun)
    punto (masculine) de mira
    mira (feminine) globular
    to draw a bead on somebody/something
    apuntarle a alguien/algo
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 (on tire)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

transitive verb

  • (in pass) his face was beaded with sweat
    tenía la cara cubierta de gotas de sudor
    Example sentences
    • 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.
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