from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To handle (a weapon or tool, for example) with skill and ease.
- transitive v. To exercise (authority or influence, for example) effectively. See Synonyms at handle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To command, rule over; to possess or own.
- v. To control, to guide or manage.
- v. To handle with skill and ease, especially of a weapon or tool.
- v. To exercise (authority or influence) effectively.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To govern; to rule; to keep, or have in charge; also, to possess.
- transitive v. To direct or regulate by influence or authority; to manage; to control; to sway.
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To have power or sway over; rule; govern; manage.
- To use or exert in governing; sway.
- Hence, in general, to exercise; put to practical or active use, as a means, an instrument, or a weapon; use with freedom and ease: as, to wield a hammer.
- To have; possess; enjoy.
- n. Command; power; management.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. handle effectively
- v. have and exercise
Middle English welden, from Old English wealdan, to rule, and wieldan, to govern.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English wieldan ("to control"), a derivative of wealdan "to govern", from Germanic *walt-. Cognate with German walten, Swedish vålla. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian ul ("to put down, lower, abate, submit"). (Wiktionary)