[AS.] Perforated balls of glass, porcelain, or gems worn for ornament; also a small ball for counting prayers. The glass houses of the island of Murano, near Venice, have been, from a remote period, a centre of the manufacture of glass beads. Upwards of five thousand people are there employed in this industry. Beads are much used for fancy work. " Bugles," or long beads, were formerly used, but now jet beads are common for trimming ladies' dresses.