• WordNet 3.6
    • v wield handle effectively "The burglar wielded an axe","The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well"
    • v wield have and exercise "wield power and authority"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wield 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.""Her newborn power was wielded from the first by unprincipled and ambitions men."
    • Wield To govern; to rule; to keep, or have in charge; also, to possess. "When a strong armed man keepeth his house, all things that he wieldeth ben in peace.""Wile [ne will] ye wield gold neither silver ne money in your girdles."
    • Wield 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wield To have power or sway over; rule; govern; manage.
    • wield To use or exert in governing; sway.
    • wield Hence, in general, to exercise; put to practical or active use, as a means, an instrument, or a weapon; use with freedom and ease: as, to wield a hammer.
    • wield To have; possess; enjoy.
    • n wield Command; power; management.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Wield wēld to use with full command: to manage: to use
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  • Simone Weil
    “Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    “Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. vålla, to occasion, to cause, Dan. volde, Goth. waldan, to govern, rule, L. valere, to be strong. Cf. Herald Valiant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. geweldanwealdan; Goth. waldan, Ger. walten.


In literature:

Harvesting had commenced in real earnest, and the wheat-fields were full of reapers, some wielding the sickle, others the scythe.
"A Walk from London to John O'Groat's" by Elihu Burritt
If he could not be Emperor in name, he would at least wield the sceptre.
"Love affairs of the Courts of Europe" by Thornton Hall
Know that I am the god who wields the thunderbolt.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
EXCALIBUR, the magic sword of King Arthur, which only he could unsheathe and wield.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
In the tiny potato and garden patch behind the house he came upon a woman wielding a hoe.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
You could wield great influence married to the proper sort of man.
"Jason" by Justus Miles Forman
This was the last work of a pen wielded with unimpaired vigor to the end.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5" by Various
In it is the secret of all the power I wield.
"Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher" by Henry Jones
He wields his brush with a vigorous hand, but the brush itself has not a fine point.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862" by Various
Broad, long, straight, and well-balanced, it appeared capable of cutting through helmet and mail, when wielded by Oliver's sturdy arm.
"After London" by Richard Jefferies

In poetry:

Who reaches me a stream must ford
Whose poppied waters dim
Old dreams of wielding Freedom's sword
And chanting Freedom's hymn:
"Prosperity" by Bernard O Dowd
Perish the power that, bowed to dust,
Still wields a tyrant's rod--
That dares not even then be just,
And leave the rest with God.
"On Reading President Lincoln's Letter" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
A leap—they gain the boat—and there
The goodman wields his oar;
"Ill luck betide them all," he cried,
"The laggards on the shore."
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Then his high praise shall fill their tongues
Their hands shall wield the sword;
And vengeance shall attend their songs,
The vengeance of the Lord.
"Psalm 149" by Isaac Watts
But ah! when Science drops her shield--
Its peaceful shelter proved in vain--
And bares her snow-white arm to wield
The sad, stern ministry of pain;
"For The Meeting Of The National Sanitary Association" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oft o'er that head, in battling field,
Stream'd the proud crest of high Benmore;
That arm the broad claymore could wield,
Which dyed the Teith with Saxon gore.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

Charlie Matheson (played by Tracy Spiridakos, left) wields a mean bow and arrow in Revolution.
On Halloween, bus drivers are spooked by egg-wielding pranksters preying on buses, workers and even passengers in many neighborhoods.
Garden center operator has faith in shovel-wielding monk.
To defend internet freedom, the web is wielding new political influence.
Palestinian prisoners wield new-old tool against Israel.
Sam Hilmer is one super-busy sax-wielding bearded dude.
Carrollton man was arrested for wielding a machete in a parking lot outside a Lansdowne bar in the early morning hours of Aug 5, according to Baltimore County police.
A knife-wielding township man was fatally shot by police early Saturday morning, officials said.
On Saturday, Swedish police swarmed a suspect passersby described as a lone male wielding an axe, only for cops to discover he was playing a pirate in a children's treasure hunt.
Law schools wield more social influence than any other part of the American university.
Albany police looking for chair -wielding woman.
Knife-wielding man injures 22 children in China .
A knife-wielding man slashed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in central.
Best Buy's Richard Schulze is likely to still wield clout .
Republicans wield new political clout .

In science:

As a ma jor exception to the mantra ‘everything worth doing for Ising/Potts is done best via random-cluster’, we remind the reader of the so-called randomcurrent expansion for the Ising model, wielded with effect in [1, 2, 5] and elsewhere.
The Random-Cluster Model
This representation extends to general Potts models the so-called randomcurrent expansion for Ising models, wielded with great effect in [1, 2, 3, 16] and elsewhere, and it amplifies the links between the Potts partition function and the Tutte polynomial surveyed earlier by Welsh and Merino, .
Flows and ferromagnets
It depends on how you wield the knife of analysis to separate part from part.
Multi-Connected Ontologies
Naturally, in any argumentative setting some participants may wield more in fluence than others, but that is no different than current peer review systems.
True Peer Review
Riemann-Roch formula yields 0, whereas the seemingly blunt instrument wielded here produces non-zero answers, thus somehow capturing geometric information about sheaves which is not cohomological and which is not visible on non-stacky varieties.
Moduli of twisted sheaves