1 Convex moulding, often of semicircular section, also called astragal, baguet(te), half-round, or roundel. If ornamented, it is a chaplet. A bead-moulding is a bead that does not project, also called a reed if several occur together in parallel lines. Beading is enrichment consisting of a row of small balls resembling a string of beads, called beadwork, or pearling, common in Romanesque work, and revived in C18.
2 A prayer (referring to beads on a string as mnemonics for prayers), so a bead- or bede-house was a type of almshouse, the inmates of which were required to pray in an adjacent chapel or church for the founder's soul.