Meaning of BEAD in English


I. ˈbēd noun

Etymology: Middle English bede prayer, prayer bead, from Old English bed, gebed prayer; akin to Old English biddan to entreat, pray — more at bid

Date: before 12th century


a. obsolete : prayer — usually used in plural

b. plural : a series of prayers and meditations made with a rosary

2. : a small piece of material pierced for threading on a string or wire (as in a rosary)

3. plural

a. : rosary

b. : a necklace of beads or pearls

4. : a small ball-shaped body: as

a. : a drop of sweat or blood

b. : a bubble formed in or on a beverage

c. : a small metal knob on a firearm used as a front sight

d. : a blob or a line of weld metal

5. : a projecting rim, band, or molding

6. : a precise knowledge or understanding — used in such phrases as get a bead on

II. verb

Date: 1577

transitive verb

1. : to furnish, adorn, or cover with beads or beading

2. : to string together like beads

intransitive verb

: to form into a bead

• bead·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.