What does the word stead mean?

Usage examples for stead

  1. Could not I get another in its stead? – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  2. He hath now been nine years dead, and another man is, in his stead, bishop of Lincoln. – A Boy's Ride by Gulielma Zollinger