bead·ing | \ˈbē-diŋ \

Definition of beading 

1 : a beaded molding

2 : material or a part or a piece consisting of a bead

3 : an openwork trimming

4 : beadwork

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So being able to explore beading and rhinestones has been interesting. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Alison Lou x J.Crew Debuts Today With Summer’s Most Colorful Statement Jewelry—And It’s All Under $60," 9 July 2018 However, the beading on the bodice and skirt of the dress remain. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Walks Down the Aisle in Her Wedding Dress in New Suits Photos," 30 Mar. 2018 Tiger print gowns, one a long sleeve column and the other a cutaway leg-sweeping flounce bustier style-- required over 1,400 hours of hand-beading. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alexandre Vauthier Shows "Super Parisian" Couture Collection," 3 July 2018 Blood-red beading across a nude tulle gown evoked the notion of an open wound. Adam Tschorn,, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 Adorned with matte gold beading and sequin, the pale pink look was unapologetically feminine, combining glitzy embellishment and a color palette worthy of Barbie. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Does Barbie Girl Glamour the Grownup Way," 8 June 2018 Chandeliers adorned the tables of this year's amfAR gala, the fundraiser held at the tail-end of the Cannes Film Festival for the last 25 years, ornate centerpieces with glowing lampshades and crystal beading. Amy Kaufman,, "The first Cannes Film Festival after Harvey Weinstein's downfall struggled with its place in the #MeToo era," 22 May 2018 The ornate piece is made of red Swarovski crystals and gold beading. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra's Met Gala Hood Took Over 250 Hours To Hand Bead," 8 May 2018 Embellished Braids Pulled back into a taut high pony, the closing statement braids—a perfect mix of balanced beading and extreme length—are at once fantasy and low-key utility. Vogue, "Dior Just Served Up 5 Striking Hair Ideas for the July Fourth Weekend," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of beading

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of beading

: beads that are sewn on a piece of clothing as decoration


bead·ing | \ˈbēd-iŋ \

Medical Definition of beading 

: the beadlike nodules occurring in rickets at the junction of the ribs with their cartilages

called also rachitic rosary, rosary

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