Wield v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wielded; p. pr. & vb. n. Wielding.]
1. To govern; to rule; to keep, or have in charge; also, to possess. [Obs.]
When a strong armed man keepeth his house, all things that he wieldeth ben in peace. --Wyclif (Luke xi. 21).
Wile [ne will] ye wield gold neither silver ne money in your girdles. --Wyclif (Matt. x. 9.)
2. To direct or regulate by influence or authority; to manage; to control; to sway.
The famous orators . . . whose resistless eloquence
Wielded at will that fierce democraty. --Milton.
Her newborn power was wielded from the first by unprincipled and ambitions men. --De Quincey.
3. 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.
Base Hungarian wight! wilt thou the spigot wield! --Shak.
Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed. --Milton.
Nothing but the influence of a civilized power could induce a savage to wield a spade. --S. S. Smith.
To wield the scepter, to govern with supreme command.
v 1: of power or authority [syn: exert, maintain]
2: handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe" [syn: handle]