Bead - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |biːd|  American pronunciation of the word bead
Brit.  |biːd|  British pronunciation of the word bead


- a small ball with a hole through the middle
- a shape that is spherical and small(syn: drop, pearl)
- a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture (syn: astragal, beading, beadwork)


- form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example
- decorate by sewing beads onto
- string together like beads


Beads of sweat began rolling down their faces.

...squeeze a bead or two of glue onto the seam...

She wore a string of green glass beads around her neck.

Beads of sweat trickled down his face.

beads of sweat on his forehead

Word forms

singular: bead
plural: beads
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