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bead (jewelry)

Definition:

a small ball with a hole through the middle

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Related to:

beady

Plural:

beads

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

bugle bead

Etymology:

bede "prayer bead", from Old English gebed "prayer", from Proto-Germanic *beðan...
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Wikipedia:

Bead

a small, decorative object of various shapes & sizes, being solid or hollow, but usually pierced for threading or stringing. Beads range in size from under 1 millimetre to over 1 centimetre in diameter. A pair of beads made from Nassarius sea snail ... (43 of 2042 words, 9 images)

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New World Dictionary:

bead | beaded [adjective, related]

a small, usually round piece of glass, wood, metal, etc., pierced for stringing | "rosary" (specific sense) | a string of beads; necklace | any small, ... (23 of 183 words, 13 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Wiktionary:

bead | beads [plural] | beaded [past tense] | beading [present participle]

[archaic] Prayer, later especially with a rosary. | Each in a string of small balls making up the rosary or paternoster. | A small round object A small round object with a hole to allow it to be threaded on a cord or wire. | A small round solid object... (47 of 154 words, 10 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

bead [ornament]

small, usually round object made of glass, wood, metal, nut, shell, bone, seed, or the like, pierced for stringing. Among primitive peoples, beads ... (23 of 718 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

bead | draw a bead on [sense-specific] | count one's beads [sense-specific] | astragal [synonym, sense-specific] | beaded [adjective, derived]

a small usually spherical piece of glass, wood, plastic, etc, with a hole ... | a small drop of moisture | a small bubble in or on a liquid | a small ... (29 of 643 words, 12 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bead

Random House Dictionary:

bead | beads [sense-specific] | count, say, or tell one's beads [sense-specific] | draw or get a bead on [sense-specific]

a small, usually round object of glass, wood, stone, or the like with a ... | "beads": a necklace of beads. ; a rosary. ; [obsolete] devotions; ... (26 of 306 words, 19 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/bead

Oxford Dictionary:

bead | get | beaded | draw a bead on | tell one's beads

a small piece of glass, stone, or similar material that is threaded with others to make a necklace or rosary or sewn on to fabric | a drop of a liquid ... (30 of 238 words, 11 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bead

Merriam-Webster:

bead [entry 1, noun] | beads [plural] | drop [synonym, sense-specific] | blob [synonym, sense-specific] | driblet [synonym, sense-specific] | drip [synonym, sense-specific] | droplet [synonym, sense-specific] | glob [synonym, sense-specific] | globule [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"beads": [obsolete] "prayer" ; "beads": a series of prayers and meditations made with a rosary | a small piece of material pierced for threading on a ... (25 of 211 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bead

bead [entry 2, verb] | beader [noun, related]

to furnish, adorn, or cover with beads or beading | to string together like beads | to form into a bead (19 of 38 words, 3 definitions)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

bead | beaded [past tense] | beading [present participle] | beads [3rd-person singular present]

A small, often round piece of material, such as glass, plastic, or wood, that is pierced for stringing or threading. | "beads": A necklace made of ... (25 of 190 words, 14 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bead

Macmillan British Dictionary:

bead [countable, plural] | beads [plural]

a small usually round piece of plastic, glass, metal etc with a hole ... | a small drop of a liquid such as blood or sweat (25 of 76 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bead

Cambridge Dictionary:

bead

a small coloured often round piece of plastic, wood, glass, etc. with a ... | a very small amount of liquid (20 of 58 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bead

Columbia Encyclopedia:

jewelry | necklace

personal adornments worn for ornament or utility, to show rank or wealth, or to follow superstitious custom or fashion. The most universal forms of ... (24 of 105 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

bead | beads [plural] | beaded [past tense] | beading [present participle]

a small gemstone or glass, plastic, or wooden ball, pierced for stringing on a cord or sewing onto fabric | a drop of moisture, especially of sweat | ... (26 of 247 words, 10 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589442​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

bead

First use: late 14th century

Origin: bede "prayer bead", from Old English gebed "prayer", from Proto-Germanic *beðan (compare Middle Dutch bede, Old High ... (20 of 114 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

bead | get | beaded

Origin: Old English gebed "prayer", of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bede and German Gebet, also to "bid2". Current senses ... (19 of 31 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bead

American Heritage Dictionary:

bead | beaded [past tense] | beading [present participle] | beads [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English bede, rosary bead, prayer, from Old English bed, bedu, gebed, prayer; see gwhedh- in Indo-European roots.

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New World Dictionary:

bead

Origin: Middle English bede, prayer, prayer bead from Old English bed from biddan, to pray, ask: see "bid"

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Collins Dictionary:

bead

Origin: Old English bed prayer; related to Old High German gibet prayer

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bead

Wiktionary:

bead | beads [plural] | beaded [past tense] | beading [present participle]

Origin: Old English ġebed, from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Dutch bede, German Gebet.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bead

Merriam-Webster:

bead [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English bede prayer, prayer bead, from Old English bed, gebed prayer; akin to Old English biddan to entreat, pray

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bead

Encarta Dictionary:

bead | beads [plural] | beaded [past tense] | beading [present participle]

Origin: Old English gebed "prayer" from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589442​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

bead | beads [plural] | beaded [past tense] | beading [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bead"

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Collins Dictionary:

bead

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bead"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bead

Macmillan British Dictionary:

bead [countable, plural] | beads [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bead"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bead

Macmillan American Dictionary:

bead [countable, plural, noun] | beads [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bead"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/bead

Cambridge Dictionary:

bead

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "bead"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "bead"

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the Free Dictionary:

bead

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "bead"

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Google Dictionary:

bead | beads [plural] | beaded [past tense] | beading [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "bead"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

bead

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bead"

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YourDictionary Audio:

bead

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freedictionary.org:

bead

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