bead·​ing | \ ˈbē-diŋ How to pronounce beading (audio) \

Definition of beading

1 : a beaded molding
2 : material or a part or a piece consisting of a bead
3 : an openwork trimming

Examples of beading in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearby chairs hold holiday pillows with silver beading depicting trees and owls. oregonlive, "Oregon families celebrate the holidays at home with well-loved traditions," 18 Dec. 2019 The first looks, in black with oversized statement shoulders, were simple enough as to let the embellishments do the talking: Large silvery art-deco waist bands with beading, bejeweled cuff bands or large geometric buttons with silver rims. Washington Post, "Chanel celebrates its artisans in glimmering Paris show," 4 Dec. 2019 Not only is this silicone [and] 500 hours of beading and making, but every little piece is itchy on the inside. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "You'll Never Believe How Kim Kardashian Planned to Go to the Bathroom at the Met Gala," 12 Oct. 2019 For the ceremony, Morgan wore a sheer, long-sleeve dress by Eisen Stein Bridal, featuring intricate beading and delicate lace woven throughout. Alejandra Salazar,, "Riverdale‘s Vanessa Morgan Tied The Knot With A Ceremony Full Of “Endless Love”," 5 Jan. 2020 The Indian Health Services wellness center hosts classes for people to celebrate traditional crafts such as beading or making moccasins. Washington Post, "Football brings some peace to Sioux family after suicide," 16 Nov. 2019 Popular activities include arts and crafts projects, beading, bingo, and smoothie nights. Anchorage Daily News, "Putting the ‘happy’ in the holidays for hospital patients," 18 Dec. 2019 Pieces highlighting colorful stones are meant to evoke thoughts of the beading and embroidery house founded by Pavlovich’s sister, Marie, who indeed provided handwork for Chanel’s designs. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Latest Red Carpet-Ready Looks From Paris High-Jewelry Collections," 8 July 2019 Adding feathered trims, hand-beading, and a bold color palette, plus more streamlined silhouettes, such as collarless blazers and cigarette pants. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Wedding Gowns Aren’t the Main Story for This Brand-New Bridal Designer," 10 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of beading

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Beading.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beading

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


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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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