(noun, verb)


1. a small ball with a hole through the middle

Definition categories: man–made, jewellery, jewelry

2. a shape that is spherical and small

- beads of sweat on his forehead

Similar word(s): drop, pearl

Definition categories: shape, sphere

3. a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture

Similar word(s): astragal, beading, beadwork

Definition categories: man–made, molding, moulding

Sentences with bead as a noun:

- beads of sweat

- She drew a bead on the target and fired.

- We now have a bead on the main technical issues for the project

- the borax bead;  the iron bead, etc.


1. form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example

Definition categories: stative, form

2. decorate by sewing beads onto

- bead the wedding gown

Definition categories: creation, adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament

3. string together like beads

Definition categories: contact, draw, string, thread

Sentences with bead as a verb:

- The raindrops beaded on the car's waxed finish.

- She spent the morning beading the gown.

- He beaded some solder for the ends of the wire.