The wall directly opposite the entrance was covered in colorful glass and bead mosaics.
The bead embroidery on the back of her coat said “Revolution.”
But every day when I take out a bead, I stop for a moment, close my eyes, and say a prayer of thanks.
In contrast, Hell on Wheels often has too much happening to get a bead on where the story is going.
Getting the gun out quickly and drawing a bead on a target, I decided, would challenge even Billy the Kid.
This cut is continued until the bottom of the bead is reached.
Then I saw a bead of sweat trickle down his forehead, and I knew that he was beaten.
If the bead is completely saturated, it retains its opalescent appearance.
Where you had previously raised, you must narrow with the bead you have upon the silk.
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.