verb (used with object)
Origin of wield
Examples from the Web for wielding
Policy is about wielding power, while mercy is about transcending power by renouncing it.
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|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wielding a curved knife, a young man navigates past the aging structures and into the forest.
Germane and relevant in their way, but wielding a different methodology.
Some wielding signs hit the roof, windshield, and body of the car I was traveling in.
And always he was with the army, directing its strategy or wielding a weapon himself.A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines|Clayton Edwards
Some of them had two or even three Indians mounted on their backs, wielding their clubs and tomahawks.Kiddie the Scout|Robert Leighton
Wielding her bucket in feverish haste, she watched Bill lower himself over the stern.Dorothy Dixon and the Mystery Plane|Dorothy Wayne
This has been the work of inferior men, wielding superior chemical and microscopical resources.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 3 of 3|Henry Thomas Buckle
Each pirate seemed to have not only nine lives, but nine arms, each one wielding a cutlass or aiming a pistol.Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts|Frank Richard Stockton
British Dictionary definitions for wielding
Word Origin for wield
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).