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]
2 handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe" [syn: handle]
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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.