- (archaic) prayer, Prayer, later especially with a rosary.
- 1760: That he must believe in the Pope;"go to Mass;"cross himself;"tell his beads;"be a good Catholick, and that this, in all conscience, was enough to carry him to heaven. " Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin 2003, p. 115)
- Each in a string of small balls making up the rosary or paternoster.
- A small round object with a hole to allow it to be threaded on a cord or wire.
- A small drop of water or other liquid.
- beads of sweat
- (intransitive) To form into a bead.
Etymology: Old English gebed, Äebed, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch bede, German Gebet.
- The raindrops beaded on the car's waxed finish.
- (transitive) To apply beads to.
- She spent the morning beading the gown.
- (transitive) To form into a bead.
- He beaded some solder for the ends of the wire.
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