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1. The place, position, or function properly or customarily occupied by another.
2. Advantage; service; purpose: "His personal relationship with the electorate stands in good stead" (John Sears).
tr.v. stead·ed, stead·ing, steads
To be of advantage or service to; benefit.

[Middle English stede, from Old English; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Agriculture) a farmstead
2. (Agriculture) the outbuildings of a farm
[C15: from stead + -ing1]


(ˈstɛd ɪŋ)

n. Chiefly Scot.
a farm, esp. its buildings.
[1425–75; late Middle English (north and Scots); see stead, -ing1]
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The red and white herd nearest at hand, which had been phlegmatically waiting for the call, now trooped towards the steading in the background, their great bags of milk swinging under them as they walked.
It seemed a house door stood open and let out a beam of fire and candle-light; and all round the house and steading five or six persons were moving hurriedly about, each carrying a lighted brand.
Where are the steadings, and orchards, and vineyards, which made France fair?
Sheep-folds, stables, byres, dairies, and barns were rebuilt after the pattern of the roomy, well-ventilated, and consequently healthy steadings that M.
The Wilmott family have spent more than a decade jetting back and forth between dubai and the north-east, after falling in love with an idyllic steading near banchory.
It is a gorgeous sunny day at Borrowfield steading, and the owner can be found making the most of the warm weather in the garden.
Alterations and change of use of steading buildings to form house at Pierbanks Farm, Torthorwald, Dumfries.
We had always wanted to live in a steading that had that "middle of nowhere" feel, then we saw Overhill on the property register.
He said: "It was evident from a site visit that the steading is no longer in agricultural use and that the building is in a state of disrepair.
It wasn't part of the steading, which is a very solid building.
Block 22, which owns several downtown hotels, took on three students this spring for its first semester, said Steve Steading, general manager of The Grove Hotel.
The building would be located to the northern end of a field close to the existing steading, which consists of other farm buildings and the farmhouse.