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English definition of “bead”

bead

noun [C] uk   /biːd/ us  

bead noun [C] (JEWELLERY)

a small, coloured, often round piece of plastic, wood, glass, etc. with a hole through it. It is usually put on a string with a lot of others to make jewellery: She wore a necklace of brightly coloured wooden beads.

bead noun [C] (LIQUID)

a very small amount of liquid: Beads of sweat stood out on his forehead.
(Definition of bead from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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