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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.]
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1. (Agriculture) a farmstead
2. (Agriculture) the outbuildings of a farm
[C15: from stead + -ing1]
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(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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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 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.
"We wanted to do something different to the layout in comparison to other steadings, where you typically have a long corridor and rooms coming off it.
The men, who have not been named, were crushed when part of the 7ft sandstone wall gave way at the site, where steadings are being converted into family homes.
The Old Barn, Dovecote Steadings, Clifton, is available for sale through Rook Matthews Sayer for PS480,000, tel: 01670 511711.
Another house was also broken into in The Steadings area of Dunmurry, just outside Belfast, at 10.30am.
When optician Alan Pattinson dropped in to a showhouse at a stunning development based on old farm steadings, he noticed that the builders had a keen eye for quality and style.
The Ministry of Defence and Newcastle Airport are objecting to plans for three separate developments at Ray Estate and Steadings, near Kirkwhelpington, and Green Rigg Fell, near Sweethope Lough.
manses, farmhouses and 'steadings'), and finally, industrial buildings, mainly mills and textile factories built from the end of the eighteenth century.
Over the Hill Farm Steadings, near Houghton-le-Spring, lies four miles from Sunderland city centre and eight miles from Durham city centre.