Bead(n.) A glassy drop of molten flux, as borax or microcosmic salt, used as a solvent and color test for several mineral earths and oxides, as of iron, manganese, etc., before the blowpipe; as, the borax bead; the iron bead, etc.
Bead(n.) A little perforated ball, to be strung on a thread, and worn for ornament; or used in a rosary for counting prayers, as by Roman Catholics and Mohammedans, whence the phrases to tell beads, to at one's beads, to bid beads, etc., meaning, to be at prayer.
Bead(n.) A prayer.
Bead(n.) A small knob of metal on a firearm, used for taking aim (whence the expression to draw a bead, for, to take aim).
Bead(n.) A small molding of rounded surface, the section being usually an arc of a circle. It may be continuous, or broken into short embossments.
Bead(n.) Any small globular body
Bead(v. i.) To form beadlike bubbles.
Bead(v. t.) To ornament with beads or beading.
Developed by: Abdullah Ibne Alam, Dhaka, Bangladesh