What does Bailys beads mean?

Bailys beads meaning in General Dictionary

A row of bright spots seen in reference to total eclipses for the sunshine right before and after a complete eclipse the slender unobscured crescent of suns disk appears momentarily like a-row of brilliant spots resembling a string of beads The occurrence initially fully explained by Francis Baily 1774 1844 is believed to be an effect of irradiation and of inequalities of the moons advantage