\▐bēd\ n [ME bede prayer, prayer bead, fr. OE bed, gebed prayer, akin to OE biddan to entreat, pray] (before 12c) (1) Heavy accumulation of a coating which occurs at the lower edge of a panel or other vertical surface as the result of excessive flowing. (2) Solidified droplet of an oil-resin mix, withdrawn from a varnish or resin mix, for testing purposes. Instructions frequently include a statement that the oil-resin mix shall be heated until a hard or tough bead is obtained. (3) Glass spheres. See Ballotini.