small plastic or rubber balls with a hole through the centre used in angling for buffering lead weights and other structures in rigs, protecting knots, and to enhance noise in rigs

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.


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  • Bead — (b[=e]d), n. [OE. bede prayer, prayer bead, AS. bed, gebed, prayer; akin to D. bede, G. bitte, AS. biddan, to ask, bid, G. bitten to ask, and perh. to Gr. pei qein to persuade, L. fidere to trust. Beads are used by the Roman Catholics to count… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bead — bead; bead·ed; bead·er; bead·flush; bead·i·ly; …   English syllables

  • bead — [bēd] n. [ME bede, prayer, prayer bead < OE bed < biddan, to pray, ask: see BID1] 1. a small, usually round piece of glass, wood, metal, etc., pierced for stringing 2. [pl.] ROSARY (sense 1a) 3. [pl.] a string of beads; necklace …   English World dictionary

  • bead — ► NOUN 1) a small piece of glass, stone, etc., threaded in a string with others to make a necklace or rosary. 2) a drop of a liquid on a surface. 3) a small knob forming the foresight of a gun. 4) the reinforced inner edge of a tyre. ► VERB 1)… …   English terms dictionary

  • Bead — Bead, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beading}.] To ornament with beads or beading. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bead — Bead, v. i. To form beadlike bubbles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bead — [bi:d] n [: Old English; Origin: bed, gebed prayer ; because people counted beads while saying their prayers] 1.) one of a set of small, usually round, pieces of glass, wood, plastic etc, that you can put on a string and wear as jewellery ▪ She… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Bead — Bead. См. буртик. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • bead — [ bid ] noun count usually plural 1. ) a small usually round piece of plastic, glass, metal, etc. with a hole through it, that you put on a string or chain with other beads and wear as jewelry: a string of beads 2. ) a small drop of a liquid such …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bead — [n] droplet, blob bean, bubble, dab, dot, driblet, drop, globule, grain, particle, pea, pellet, pill, shot, speck, spherule, stone; concept 436 …   New thesaurus

  • Bead — For other uses, see Bead (disambiguation). Beads A bead is a small, decorative object that is usually pierced for threading or stringing. Beads range in size from under 1 millimetre (0.039 in) to over 1 centimetre (0.39 in) in diameter …   Wikipedia

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