Stead Stead (st[e^]d), n. [OE. stede place, AS. stede; akin to LG. & D. stede, OS. stad, stedi, OHG. stat, G. statt, st["a]tte, Icel. sta[eth]r, Dan. sted, Sw. stad, Goth. sta[thorn]s, and E. stand. [root]163. See {Stand}, and cf. {Staith}, {Stithy}.] 1. Place, or spot, in general. [Obs., except in composition.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Fly, therefore, fly this fearful stead anon. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Place or room which another had, has, or might have. ``Stewards of your steads.'' --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

In stead of bounds, he a pillar set. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. A frame on which a bed is laid; a bedstead. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The genial bed, Sallow the feet, the borders, and the stead. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. A farmhouse and offices. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster]

Note: The word is now commonly used as the last part of a compound; as, farmstead, homestead, roadstead, etc. [1913 Webster]

{In stead of}, in place of. See {Instead}.

{To stand in stead}, or {To do stead}, to be of use or great advantage. [1913 Webster]

The smallest act . . . shall stand us in great stead. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

Here thy sword can do thee little stead. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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