What is bead?

  • (verb): String together like beads.
    See also — Additional definitions below


A bead is a small, decorative object that is usually pierced for threading or stringing. Beads range in size from under 1 millimetre (0.039 in) to over 1 centimetre (0.39 in) in diameter. A pair of beads made from Nassarius sea snail shells, approximately 100,000 years old, are thought to be the earliest known examples of jewellery. Beadwork is the art or craft of making things with beads. Beads can be woven together with specialized thread, strung onto thread or soft, flexible wire, or adhered to a surface (e.g. fabric, clay).

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Scintillation Proximity Assay - Detail
... the radio-labelled molecule is attached or is in proximity to bead, light emission is stimulated ... However, if the bead does not become bound to the radio-labelled molecule, the bead will not be stimulated to emit light ... from the unbound molecule is not strong enough to excite the SPA bead which is not then stimulated to produce a signal ...
Bead - Surface Patterns
... After shaping, glass and crystal beads can have their surface appearance enhanced by etching a translucent frosted layer, applying an additional color layer, or ... Faux beads are beads that are made to look like a more expensive original material, especially in the case of fake pearls and simulated rocks, minerals and gemstones ...
Bead Probe Technology - Disadvantages
... The soldering process that forms the bead probe leaves a coating of flux ... can reduce the deformation force from the bead, preventing proper contact with the test probe during the first pass contact ... Test probes with serrated ends of an appropriate size can also aid in measuring bead probes where flux is an issue ...
Tethered Particle Motion - Data Analysis - Drift Correction
... Averaging over few beads If few beads are shown in the frame, because every bead moving randomly, averaging over the position of them for every frame should give us the drift (it should subtracted from the ... Immobilized bead If an immobilized bead is shown in the frame, we can take its position as a reference, and correct the data by the immobilized bead's position ... Another advantage of looking at immobilized bead, is the fact that the motion of it can tell us about the accuracy of the measure.) Of course one can use more than one ...
Square Stitch
... Square stitch is an off-loom bead weaving stitch that mimics the appearance of beadwork created on a loom ... Because each bead in a square stitch piece is connected by thread to each of the four beads surrounding it, this stitch is very strong ... Beadwork Beads Aggry beads Bead Chevron bead Glass beadmaking Faturan Hair pipe Heishe Kiffa beads Love beads Millefiori Murano beads Peranakan cut beads ...

More definitions of "bead":

  • (verb): Form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example.
  • (noun): A small ball with a hole through the middle.
  • (noun): A shape that is small and round.
    Synonyms: drop, pearl
  • (verb): Decorate by sewing beads onto.
    Example: "Bead the wedding gown"