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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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}, 
  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! 
  Part  wield  their  arms,  part  curb  the  foaming  steed. 
  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  1:  of  power  or  authority  [syn:  {exert},  {maintain}] 
  2:  handle  effectively;  "The  burglar  wielded  an  axe"  [syn:  {handle}] 

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