Stead (?), n. [OE. stede place, AS. stede; akin to LG. & D. stede, OS. stad, stedi, OHG. stat, G. statt, statte, Icel. sta&edh;r, Dan. sted, Sw. stad, Goth. stas, and E. stand. 163. See Stand, and cf. Staith, Stithy.]


Place, or spot, in general.

[Obs., except in composition.]


Fly, therefore, fly this fearful stead anon.



Place or room which another had, has, or might have.

"Stewards of your steads."

Piers Plowman.

In stead of bounds, he a pillar set. Chaucer.


A frame on which a bed is laid; a bedstead.


The genial bed, Sallow the feet, the borders, and the stead. Dryden.


A farmhouse and offices.

[Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

⇒ The word is now commonly used as the last part of a compound; as, farmstead, homestead, readstead, etc.

In stead of, in place of. See Instead. -- To stand in stead, ∨ To do stead, to be of use or great advantage.

The smallest act . . . shall stand us in great stead. Atterbury.

Here thy sword can do thee little stead. Milton.


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Stead, v. t.


To help; to support; to benefit; to assist.

Perhaps my succour or advisement meet, Mote stead you much your purpose to subdue. Spenser.

It nothing steads us To chide him from our eaves. Shak.


To fill place of.




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