lightning in which the intensity appears to vary along the path and which thus resembles a string of beads.
- Bead molding
bead (def 12). pearl molding. Historical Examples The legs were sometimes carved with a double ogee curve and bead molding. Furnishing the Home of Good Taste Lucy Abbot Throop
- Bead plane
a plane for cutting beads.
- Bead plant
a creeping plant, Nertera granadensis, of New Zealand and South America, having leathery leaves and orange-colored, transparent berries.
- Bead test
a laboratory test used in the identification of certain metals or metal constituents, in which a bead covered with the material is heated in a flame and cooled to observe its properties.