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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stead  \Stead\,  v.  t. 
  1.  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. 
  2.  To  fill  place  of  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stead  \Stead\,  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?s,  and  E.  stand 
  [root]163.  See  {Stand},  and  cf  {Staith},  {Stithy}.] 
  1.  Place  or  spot,  in  general.  [Obs.,  except  in  composition.] 
  Fly,  therefore,  fly  this  fearful  stead  anon. 
  2.  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. 
  3.  A  frame  on  which  a  bed  is  laid;  a  bedstead.  [R.] 
  The  genial  bed,  Sallow  the  feet,  the  borders,  and 
  the  stead.  --Dryden. 
  4.  A  farmhouse  and  offices.  [Prov.  Eng.  &  Scot.] 
  Note:  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},  or  {To  do  stead},  to  be  of  use  or  great 
  The  smallest  act  .  .  .  shall  stand  us  in  great 
  stead.  --Atterbury. 
  Here  thy  sword  can  do  thee  little  stead.  --Milton. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  function  or  position  properly  or  customarily  occupied  or 
  served  by  another:  "can  you  go  in  my  stead?";  "took  his 
  place";  "in  lieu  of"  [syn:  {position},  {place},  {lieu}] 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Stead,  NM 
  Zip  code(s):  88438 

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