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Wield \Wield\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wielded; p. pr. & vb. n. Wielding.] [OE. welden to govern, to have power over, to possess, AS. geweldan, gewyldan, from wealdan; akin to OS. waldan, OFries. walda, G. walten, OHG. waltan, Icel. valda, Sw. v[*a]lla to occasion, to cause, Dan. volde, Goth. waldan to govern, rule, L. valere to be strong. Cf. Herald, Valiant.] [1913 Webster]
To govern; to rule; to keep, or have in charge; also, to possess. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] When a strong armed man keepeth his house, all things that he wieldeth ben in peace. --Wyclif (Luke xi. 21). [1913 Webster] Wile [ne will] ye wield gold neither silver ne money in your girdles. --Wyclif (Matt. x. 9.) [1913 Webster]
To direct or regulate by influence or authority; to manage; to control; to sway. [1913 Webster] The famous orators . . . whose resistless eloquence Wielded at will that fierce democraty. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Her newborn power was wielded from the first by unprincipled and ambitions men. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]
To use with full command or power, as a thing not too heavy for the holder; to manage; to handle; hence, to use or employ; as, to wield a sword; to wield the scepter. [1913 Webster] Base Hungarian wight! wilt thou the spigot wield! --Shak. [1913 Webster] Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Nothing but the influence of a civilized power could induce a savage to wield a spade. --S. S. Smith. [1913 Webster] To wield the scepter, to govern with supreme command. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wield

Verb

1 of power or authority [syn: exert, maintain]
2 handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe" [syn: handle]

Moby Thesaurus

brandish, come in contact, conduct, control, dispense, do with, employ, exercise, exert, feel, feel of, finger, flap, flaunt, flick, float, flourish, flutter, fly, handle, make use of, manage, maneuver, manipulate, operate, palm, palpate, paw, play, ply, poke at, practice, prod, put out, shake, swing, tap, throw, thumb, touch, twiddle, undulate, use, utilize, wag, wave, wigwag, work

English

Etymology

From wealdan, from *walt-. Cognate with German walten, Swedish vålla.

Pronunciation

  • , /wiːld, /wi:ld/

Homophones

Verb

  1. To command; to possess or own.
  2. In the context of "obsolete|except in Scots": To control, to guide or manage.
  3. To handle with skill and ease, especially of a weapon or tool.
  4. To exercise (authority or influence) effectively.

Scots

Etymology

From wealdan, from *walt-. Cognate with German walten, Swedish vålla.

Pronunciation

  • /wi:ld/

Verb

wield
  1. To control, to guide or manage.
Wield is a parish in Hampshire, England. The parish contains the villages of Upper and Lower Wield. The two consitst of little houses and little roads. Instead footpaths, tracks and briddle ways are the roots for the village people. Wield is inhabited with sheep, cattle, horses and a few cats and dogs, very few people inhabit this area.
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