bead

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English[edit]

Beads

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bede (a prayer", also (in a peire of bedes (a pair of beads)) "a bead for counting prayers), from Old English bedu, bed, ġebed (a prayer), from Proto-Germanic *bedō, *bedą, *gabedą (plea, prayer), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰedʰ- (to ask, beg). Cognate with Dutch bede and gebed (a prayer) German Gebet (a prayer).

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Noun[edit]

bead (plural beads)

  1. (archaic) Prayer, later especially with a rosary. [from 9th c.]
  2. Each in a string of small balls making up the rosary or paternoster. [from 14th c.]
  3. A small round object.
    1. A small round object with a hole to allow it to be threaded on a cord or wire. [from 15th c.]
    2. A small round solid object.
      • 2013 May-June, Charles T. Ambrose, “Alzheimer’s Disease”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 200: 
        Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems—surgical foam, a thermal gel depot, a microcapsule or biodegradable polymer beads.
    3. A small drop of water or other liquid. [from 16th c.]
      beads of sweat
    4. A bubble, in spirits.
    5. A small round ball at the end of a barrel of a gun used for aiming.
      She drew a bead on the target and fired.
      • 1879, Richard Jefferies, chapter 1, The Amateur Poacher:
        But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶ [] The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window […], and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, little dreaming that the deadly tube was levelled at them.
  4. A ridge, band, or molding.
    1. A rigid edge of a tire that mounts it on a wheel; tire bead. [from 20th c.]
  5. A knowledge sufficient to direct one's activities to a purpose.
    We now have a bead on the main technical issues for the project.
  6. (chemistry, dated) 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.
    the borax bead;   the iron bead, etc.
  7. front sight of a gun

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Verb[edit]

bead (third-person singular simple present beads, present participle beading, simple past and past participle beaded)

  1. (intransitive) To form into a bead.
    The raindrops beaded on the car's waxed finish.
  2. (transitive) To apply beads to.
    She spent the morning beading the gown.
  3. (transitive) To form into a bead.
    He beaded some solder for the ends of the wire.

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Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

be- +‎ ad

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛɒd/
  • Hyphenation: be‧ad

Verb[edit]

bead

  1. to hand in
    beadja a felmondását - to hand in one's notice
  2. to give medicine to someone
  3. to submit/present a request
  4. to file a petition

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Irish[edit]

Verb[edit]

bead

  1. first-person singular future of
    Bead anseo nuair a thiocfaidh tú ar ais.
    I will be here when you come back.

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
bead bhead mbead
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Old English[edit]

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Verb[edit]

bēad

  1. third-person singular preterite of bēodan
  2. third-person singular preterite of bēodan