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Definition 1: a small ball with a hole through the middle - [noun denoting artifact]

(bead is a kind of ...) an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)

(... is a kind of bead ) a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothing for decoration

Definition 2: a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for bead in the sense of this definition

(bead is a kind of ...) a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing

(... is a kind of bead ) beading formed with a narrow groove separating it from the surface it decorates

Definition 3: a shape that is spherical and small - [noun denoting shape]

Samples where bead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops
  • beads of sweat on his forehead

Synonyms for bead in the sense of this definition

(bead is a kind of ...) a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses)

(... is a kind of bead ) a drop of dew

(... is a kind of bead ) anything shaped like a falling drop (as a pendant gem on an earring)

Definition 4: string together like beads - [verb of contact]

(bead is a kind of ...) thread on or as if on a string

"string pearls on a string" "the child drew glass beads on a string" "thread dried cranberries"

Definition 5: decorate by sewing beads onto - [verb of creation]

Samples where bead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bead the wedding gown

(bead is a kind of ...) make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

"Decorate the room for the party" "beautify yourself for the special day"

Definition 6: form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example - [verb of stative]

(bead is a kind of ...) assume a form or shape

"the water formed little beads"

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