- to exercise (power, authority, influence, etc.), as in ruling or dominating.
- to use (a weapon, instrument, etc.) effectively; handle or employ actively.
- Archaic. to guide or direct.
- Archaic. to govern; manage.
Origin of wield
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Examples from the Web for wielding
Policy is about wielding power, while mercy is about transcending power by renouncing it.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Until Levonuk reappeared an hour later wielding the soothing stuff at another Giant store 20 minutes away.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
Wielding a curved knife, a young man navigates past the aging structures and into the forest.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Germane and relevant in their way, but wielding a different methodology.When Broadway Musicals Were Dark And Subversive
December 16, 2014
Some wielding signs hit the roof, windshield, and body of the car I was traveling in.It’s Time to Hold Protesters Accountable
December 4, 2014
He had seized a sword from a dying hand and was wielding it with aptitude and power.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
Then wielding the sword aloft, he made it whiz past Mr. Landor's neck.In the Forbidden Land
Arnold Henry Savage Landor
One began to dream the sensation of wielding unmeasured power.The Education of Henry Adams
He is often depicted as wielding a huge adze, and engaged in constructing the world.Religions of Ancient China
Herbert A. Giles
The force which the chief expended in wielding his club now began to be apparent.The Coral Island
- to handle or use (a weapon, tool, etc)
- to exert or maintain (power or authority)
- obsolete to rule
Word Origin and History for wielding
Old English weldan (Mercian), wieldan, wealdan (West Saxon) "to govern, possess, have control over" (class VII strong verb; past tense weold, past participle gewealden), merged with weak verb wyldan, both from Proto-Germanic *wal-t- (cf. Old Saxon and Gothic waldan, Old Frisian walda "to govern, rule," Old Norse valda "to rule, wield, to cause," Old High German waltan, German walten "to rule, govern").
The Germanic words probably are from PIE *waldh- (cf. Old Church Slavonic vlado "to rule," vlasti "power;" Lithuanian veldu "to rule, possess"), from root *wal- "to be strong, to rule" (see valiant).