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Pronunciation: /biːd/

Translation of bead in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (on necklace, bracelet) cuenta (feminine), abalorio (masculine) a string of beads una sarta de cuentas, un collar 1.2 (of rosary) cuenta (feminine) to say o tell one's beads [archaic] rezar* el rosario
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.3 (drop) gota (feminine) 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 sb/sth apuntarle a algn/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) talón (masculine)
    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/verbo transitivo

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

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