Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Beads or the material used for making them.
  • n. Ornamentation with beads. Also called beadwork.
  • n. Architecture A narrow, half-rounded molding; a bead.
  • n. A narrow piece of openwork lace through which ribbon may be run.
  • n. Tiny drops of condensation, as on the outside of a glass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of bead.
  • n. Decoration or ornamental molding resembling a string of beads or of a semicircular cross section.
  • n. The beads or bead-forming quality of certain liquors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Molding in imitation of beads.
  • n. The beads or bead-forming quality of certain liquors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In arch, and joinery, a bead; collectively, the beads used in ornamenting a given structure or surface.
  • n. In bookbinding, see bead, n., 10.
  • n. In com., a preparation added to weak spirituous liquors to cause them to carry a bead, and to hang in pearly drops about the sides of the bottle or glass when poured out or shaken, it being a popular notion that spirit is strong in proportion as it shows such globules.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture
  • n. ornamentation with beads

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Examples

  • Â I used some of the same beads from the front for the rear cover, but not too many, as the beading is extremely time consuming.

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  • Good thing I saved last night's efforts in beading, then!

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  • In fact, I might, in a fit of inexcusable hyperbole, prefer to have a flaming tire slung around my neck than this dress-necklace combo, but that's just because dresses with unnatural and undetachable jewelry (as opposed to beading, which is natural) are one of the (many) things that set me off on a rant.

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  • My mother required of me original designs for my lessons in beading.

    American Indian Stories

  • She hit on the idea of beading for a business after the school instituted new security rules in 2006 requiring teachers to wear ID tags at all times.

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  • The brand is also breathing new life into traditional techniques, such as beading, crocheting, and fabric printing.

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  • When I planted the dry, brown seeds I noticed how they were shaped, like crescents, with a fine line of ornamental dots, a "beading" along the whole length of the centre, -- from this crescent sprang the Marigold plant, each of whose flowers was like

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  • Think vibrant color palettes like purples, reds and golds, lavish décor elements such as beading and rich drapery, and exotic, spicy dishes

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  • Conventional Q-switched laser sources have become the most popular choice for these applications because of their high peak pulse powers, but the high peak pulse output can, in precision welding, cause "beading" of the seam where weld spots have overlapped.

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  • You can barely even call this "beading", but if you're in a hurry, it could be a lifesaver.

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  • "In com., a preparation added to weak spirituous liquors to cause them to carry a bead, and to hang in pearly drops about the sides of the bottle or glass when poured out or shaken, it being a popular notion that spirit is strong in proportion as it shows such globules. A very small quantity of oil of vitriol or oil of almonds mixed with rectified spirit is often used for this purpose."
    --Cent. Dict.

    October 25, 2012