- 1A small piece of glass, stone, or similar material that is threaded with others to make a necklace or rosary or sewn on to fabric: long strings of beads rosary beads she fastened the beads round my neck [as modifier]: a bead curtainMore example sentences
- So she rounded up glass beads, semi-precious stones, and sterling silver wire and created her collection of one-of-a-kind rings.
- 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.
- 2A drop of a liquid on a surface: beads of sweatMore 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.
- 3A small knob forming the foresight of a gun.More 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.
- 4The reinforced inner edge of a pneumatic tyre that grips the rim of the wheel.More 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.
- 5An ornamental plaster moulding resembling a string of beads or having a semicircular cross section.More example sentences
- 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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- 1 (often as adjective beaded) Decorate or cover with beads: a beaded evening bagMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1String (beads) together: seashells beaded into beltsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2Cover (a surface) with drops of moisture: his face was beaded with perspirationMore 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.
draw (or get) a bead on
- chiefly North American Take aim at with a gun: I drew a bead on the nape of his neckMore example sentences
- ‘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.
- Fully 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 one's beads
- Use the beads of a rosary in counting prayers.More 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.
Old English gebed 'prayer', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bede and German Gebet, also to bid2. Current senses derive from the use of a rosary, each bead representing a prayer.