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English

Beads

Etymology

Old English ġebed, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch bede, German Gebet.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
bead

Plural
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  1. (archaic) Prayer, later especially with a rosary.
    • 1760, Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Penguin 2003, p. 115:
      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.
  2. Each in a string of small balls making up the rosary or paternoster.
  3. A small round object with a hole to allow it to be threaded on a cord or wire.
  4. A small drop of water or other liquid.
    beads of sweat

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to bead

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to bead (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To form into a bead.
    The raindrops beaded on the car's waxed finish.
  2. (transitive) To apply beads to.
    She spent the morning beading the gown.
  3. (transitive) To form into a bead.
    He beaded some solder for the ends of the wire.

Anagrams


Hungarian

Etymology

be- + ad

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈbɛɒd/
  • Hyphenation: be‧ad

Verb

bead

  1. hand in

See also


Irish

Verb form

bead

  1. (nonstandard) 1st person sing. future of .
    I will be

Related terms

  • beidh (synthetic)
  • beir (2d person sing. synthetic, nonstandard)
  • beimid (1st person pl. synthetic)
  • beid (3d person pl. synthetc, nonstandard)
  • beifear (autonomous)

Mutation

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
bead bhead mbead
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Old English

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /bæ:ad/

Verb form

bēad

  1. first- and third-person singular preterite of bēodan

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