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4 definitions found
 for Stead
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stead \Stead\ (st[e^]d), n. [OE. stede place, AS. stede; akin to
     LG. & D. stede, OS. stad, stedi, OHG. stat, G. statt,
     st[aum]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.
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              Fly, therefore, fly this fearful stead anon.
                                                    --Spenser.
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     2. Place or room which another had, has, or might have.
        "Stewards of your steads." --Piers Plowman.
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              In stead of bounds, he a pillar set.  --Chaucer.
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     3. A frame on which a bed is laid; a bedstead. [R.]
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              The genial bed,
              Sallow the feet, the borders, and the stead.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     4. A farmhouse and offices. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
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     Note: The word is now commonly used as the last part of a
           compound; as, farmstead, homestead, roadstead, etc.
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     In stead of, in place of. See Instead.
  
     To stand in stead, or To do stead, to be of use or great
        advantage.
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              The smallest act . . . shall stand us in great
              stead.                                --Atterbury.
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              Here thy sword can do thee little stead. --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stead \Stead\, v. t.
     1. To help; to support; to benefit; to assist.
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              Perhaps my succour or advisement meet,
              Mote stead you much your purpose to subdue.
                                                    --Spenser.
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              It nothing steads us
              To chide him from our eaves.          --Shak.
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     2. To fill the place of. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  stead
      n 1: the post or function properly or customarily occupied or
           served by another; "can you go in my stead?"; "took his
           place"; "in lieu of" [syn: stead, position, place,
           lieu]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  30 Moby Thesaurus words for "stead":
     abet, abode, aid, area, assist, bearings, bench mark, district,
     do for, emplacement, help out, hole, latitude and longitude, lieu,
     locale, locality, location, locus, pinpoint, place, placement,
     point, position, region, site, situation, situs, spot, whereabout,
     whereabouts
  
  

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