Getting the gun out quickly and drawing a bead on a target, I decided, would challenge even Billy the Kid.
In contrast, Hell on Wheels often has too much happening to get a bead on where the story is going.
The bead embroidery on the back of her coat said “Revolution.”
And then I place the bead into the other jar, which has begun to fill up.
It also takes years of training to be able to sew, embroider, bead, and otherwise embellish these clothes.
This cut is continued until the bottom of the bead is reached.
But I haven't got much hope from what may be in that bead bag.
If the bead is completely saturated, it retains its opalescent appearance.
I hastily drew a bead on the big one's forehead, fired, but it didn't stop.
I sat on one of the stools and my brother sat in the corner where he could draw a bead if either of the men showed fight.
mid-14c., bede "prayer bead," from Old English gebed "prayer," with intensive or collective prefix *ge- + Proto-Germanic *bidjan "to pray, entreat" (cf. Middle Dutch bede, Old High German beta, German bitte, Gothic bida "prayer, request"), from PIE *gwhedh- "to ask, pray." Shift in meaning came via beads threaded on a string to count prayers, and in phrases like to bid one's beads, to count one's beads. German cognate Bitte is the usual word for conversational request "please." Also related to bid (Old English biddan) and Gothic bidjan "to ask, pray." Sense transferred to "drop of liquid" 1590s; to "small knob forming front sight of a gun" 1831 (Kentucky slang); hence draw a bead on "take aim at," 1841, U.S. colloquial.
1570s, "to adorn with beads," from bead (n.). Meaning "to string like beads" is from 1883. Related: Beaded; beading.