What does wield mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wield, exert, maintain(verb)

    have and exercise

    "wield power and authority"

  2. wield, handle, manage(verb)

    handle effectively

    "The burglar wielded an axe"; "The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well"


  1. wield(Verb)

    To command, rule over; to possess or own.

  2. wield(Verb)

    To control, to guide or manage.

  3. wield(Verb)

    To handle with skill and ease, especially of a weapon or tool.

  4. wield(Verb)

    To exercise (authority or influence) effectively.

  5. Origin: From wieldan, a derivative of wealdan "to govern", from *walt-. Cognate with German walten, Swedish vålla.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wield(verb)

    to govern; to rule; to keep, or have in charge; also, to possess

  2. Wield(verb)

    to direct or regulate by influence or authority; to manage; to control; to sway

  3. Wield(verb)

    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

  4. Origin: [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. vlla to occasion, to cause, Dan. volde, Goth. waldan to govern, rule, L. valere to be strong. Cf. Herald, Valiant.]


  1. Wield

    Wield is a civil parish in Hampshire, England, within the district of East Hampshire. It includes two neighbouring villages, Upper Wield and Lower Wield. The parish council meets quarterly at the parish hall in Upper Wield. Wield as a civil parish is separate from the church parish. The parish church, dedicated to St James, is also in Upper Wield. It is mainly Norman, and is a Grade I listed building.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wield

    wēld, v.t. to use with full command: to manage: to use.—adj. Wiel′dable, capable of being wielded.—ns. Wiel′der; Wiel′diness.—adjs. Wield′less (Spens.), not capable of being wielded, unmanageable; Wiel′dy, capable of being wielded: manageable: dexterous, active.—Wield the sceptre, to have supreme command or control. [A.S. geweldanwealdan; Goth. waldan, Ger. walten.]

Anagrams for wield »

  1. wiled

  2. Wilde


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wield in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wield in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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