[syn: wield, handle, manage]
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: have and exercise; "wield power and authority" [syn:
wield, exert, maintain]
2: handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe"; "The young
violinist didn't manage her bow very well" [syn: wield,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
48 Moby Thesaurus words for "wield":
brandish, come in contact, conduct, control, dispense, do with,
employ, exercise, exert, feel, feel of, finger, flap, flaunt,
flick, float, flourish, flutter, fly, handle, make use of, manage,
maneuver, manipulate, operate, palm, palpate, paw, play, ply,
poke at, practice, prod, put out, shake, swing, tap, throw, thumb,
touch, twiddle, undulate, use, utilize, wag, wave, wigwag, work