bead proof definition

  • noun:
    • a specific amount of strength in alcohol alcohol, as previously ascertained because of the drifting or sinking of glass globules various particular gravities tossed involved with it, and later by more precise yards.
    • a diploma of strength in alcohol liquor as shown by beads or little bubbles remaining on its surface, or beside the glass, when shaken.
  • others:
    • Among distillers, a certain degree of energy in alcohol alcohol, as formerly ascertained because of the floating or sinking of glass globules various particular gravities tossed into it; now ascertained by more precise meters.
    • A degree of energy in alcohol liquor as shown by beads or small bubbles staying on its surface, or at the side of the cup, whenever shaken.
    • Of such a nature or high quality that a crown of bubbles formed by trembling will mean sometime on top: said of spirituous liquors, and mistakenly supposed to suggest strength.
    • Of a certain standard of power as ascertained by beads. See bead, n., 7.
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