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WIELD, v.t. [L. The primary sense of power and strength is to stretch or strain.]

1. To use with full command or power, as a thing not too heavy for the holder; to manage; as, to wield a sword; to wield the scepter.

Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed.

2. To use or employ with the hand.

Nothing but the influence of a civilized power could induce a savage to wield a spade.

3. To handle; in an ironical sense.

Base Hungarian wight, wilt thou the spigot wield?

To wield the scepter, to govern with supreme command.



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WIELD, v.t. [L. The primary sense of power and strength is to stretch or strain.]

1. To use with full command or power, as a thing not too heavy for the holder; to manage; as, to wield a sword; to wield the scepter.

Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed.

2. To use or employ with the hand.

Nothing but the influence of a civilized power could induce a savage to wield a spade.

3. To handle; in an ironical sense.

Base Hungarian wight, wilt thou the spigot wield?

To wield the scepter, to govern with supreme command.

WIELD, v.t. [Sax. wealdan, waldan; Goth. ga-waldan, to govern; wald, power, dominion; Dan. vælde, power; gevalt, force, authority; Sw. välde, power; allied to L. valeo, Eng. well. The primary sense of power and strength is to stretch or strain. This seems to be the Russ. vladyu, to rule, and wald or vlad, in names, as Waldemir, Vlademir.]

  1. To use with full command or power, as a thing not too heavy for the holder; to manage; as, to wield a sword; to wield the scepter. Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed. – Milton.
  2. To use or employ with the hand. Nothing but the influence of a civilized power could induce a savage to wield a spade. – S. S. Smith.
  3. To handle; in an ironical sense. Base Hungarian wight, wilt thou the spigot wield? – Shak. To wield the scepter, to govern with supreme command.

Wield
  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.

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Wield

WIELD, verb transitive [Latin The primary sense of power and strength is to stretch or strain.]

1. To use with full command or power, as a thing not too heavy for the holder; to manage; as, to wield a sword; to wield the scepter.

Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed.

2. To use or employ with the hand.

Nothing but the influence of a civilized power could induce a savage to wield a spade.

3. To handle; in an ironical sense.

Base Hungarian wight, wilt thou the spigot wield?

To wield the scepter, to govern with supreme command.

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