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bead

(bēd) a small spherical structure or mass.
rachitic beads  a series of prominences at the points where the ribs join their cartilages; seen in certain cases of rickets.

bead

(bēd) [ME. bede, prayer, prayer bead (on a rosary), bead]
A small spherical object, typically made of glass, plastic, or metal. Beads have numerous uses in health care. They are employed in sterilization equipment and in some diagnostic and therapeutic injections.
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Miss Ross told me about Paris; she bought my pink sunshade there and my bead purse.
I try to concentrate my attention on those netting-needles, on the meshes of the purse I am forming--I wish to think only of the work I have in my hands, to see only the silver beads and silk threads that lie in my lap; whereas, I distinctly behold his figure, and I inevitably recall the moment when I last saw it; just after I had rendered him, what he deemed, an essential service, and he, holding my hand, and looking down on my face, surveyed me with eyes that revealed a heart full and eager to overflow; in whose emotions I had a part.
A red flame is in his blood which comes out at the top of his bead in that glowing hair.
The man on the floor, then turning his bead round again, said morosely, "Well
Do you know that you made a great figure on Christmas Day at the bead of your company of the chamber of accounts, Monsieur President?
So Tarzan fitted a poisoned arrow to his bow and drew a bead upon the rat-faced sailor, but the foliage was so thick that he soon saw the arrow would be deflected by the leaves or some small branch, and instead he launched a heavy spear from his lofty perch.
Few red men are good shots, for the sword is their chosen weapon; so now as the Dusarian drew bead upon the rising flier, and touched the button upon his rifle's stock, it was more to chance than proficiency that he owed the partial success of his aim.
Noticing the mirror, she stood before it and examined her extraordinary features with amazement--her button eyes, pearl bead teeth and puffy nose.
But at last my bead popped above the waves, and I filled my lungs with air.
Drawing a careful bead on the beehive structure in which he knew the chief Arabs to be, he pulled the trigger.
A few minutes before closing time he strolled into the bank and no one noticed a great bead of perspiration which stood out upon his forehead.
In their sickness they wore no clothing, not even loin-cloths, though they retained their shell armlets, their bead necklaces, and their leather belts, between which and the skin were thrust naked knives.