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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Designs varied greatly from tribe to tribe, with elements including porcupine quills and beading, according to Cécile R. Ganteaume, associate curator at the National Museum of the American Indian. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "The Ultimate Summer Shoe (It’s Not a Sandal)," 19 July 2018 Fashion brands like Uma and Leopold, started by the Brazilian designer Lara Braga, employ local artisans to produce maxi and wrap dresses using Indonesian Kerawang embroidery and hand beading; each piece can take up to a month to make. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 The gown featured no embroidery, no lace, no beading, and was all about shape and sleekness. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Compared to Meghan Markle's–and Kate Middleton's," 12 Oct. 2018 Woods, 42, was captured wearing a traditional black suit, while his 33-year-old girlfriend, Herman, opted for a white gown speckled with silver beading. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Tiger Woods and girlfriend Erica Herman get glammed up for Ryder Cup Gala," 27 Sep. 2018 Cuoco’s Reem Acra gown, which was featured allover beading and floral embroidery, was teamed with a floor-length cape styled by Brad Goreski. Jillian Ruffo,, "Watch Kaley Cuoco Get Ready for Her Wedding in This Intimate Video," 2 July 2018 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

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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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