ETYM Old Eng. bede prayer, prayer bead, AS. bed, gebed, prayer; akin to Dutch bede, German bitte, AS. biddan, to ask, bid, German bitten to ask. Related to Bid, in to bid beads, and Bide.
A small ball with a hole through the middle.
1. To decorate by sewing beads onto.
2. To form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example.
3. To string together like beads.