American English

Definition of bead noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a small piece of glass, wood, etc. with a hole through it, that can be put on a string with others of the same type and worn as jewelry, etc. a necklace of wooden beads A bead curtain separated the two rooms. see also worry beads
  2. 2[countable] a small drop of liquid There were beads of sweat on his forehead.
  3. 3beads [plural] a rosary In one of the pews a woman was fingering her beads.
  4. Idioms
    draw/get a bead on somebody/something
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    to aim carefully at someone or something before shooting a gun One of the police officers drew a bead on the gunman and fired.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bead