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Stane-ded(e, adj. and n. Also: stand- and -deid. [ME and e.m.E. stan-ded (c1290), ston-dede (c1400), stone dead (1531); Stan(e n. and Dede adj.]

A. adj. Completely, utterly, undoubtedly dead. 1375 Barb. vii 471.
The kyng … sic rowt hym gaf, That stane-ded till the erd he draf
a1400 Leg. S. xlv 237.
He fel done thare stane ded [v.r. stand ded]
a1400 Leg. S. xlix 222.
& thare to-gidir facht thai bath, Til stane ded var thai rath
a1400 Leg. S. xlix 214, etc. ?1438 Alex. i 978.
He … fellit him stane-dede richt thare
?1438 Alex. ii 9398.
He, stane-dede, Fell of his hors
?1438 Alex. ii 9637.
He fell stane-deid of that dynt
?1438 Alex. ii 9642.
Perdicas, … smait ane vther … That stane-deid to the eard he gais

B. noun. ? A fatal disease or ? death itself. 1598 Misc. Spald. C. I 119.
Thow confessis that thow can heall the falling seiknes, barne bed, and all sort of vther seikness … except stand deid

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