The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
When a strong armed man keepeth his house, all
things that he wieldeth ben in peace. --Wyclif (Luke
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.