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
They can keep making the argument that they will once again wield the pen in their favor during redistricting.
But I think the influence they wield is way out of proportion to their numbers.
When the only power you wield is the power to speak, and persuade others through the force of your arguments (and not through the force of your guns, clubs, or fists), that’s just fine.
Keanu Reeves knows kung-fu -- but does he know how to wield a katana?
I would laugh at these incessant terminology wars if I wasn't aware of the power that terms wield in our politically correct world.
And the hero fair will the sad giant dare And a red sword wield for the sad giant's shield On a mournful victory day.
So do you all -- are you all in a unique position here to kind of wield some power, in effect, influence in this particular policy debate?
Fill their ears with the verses of divine assistance and of a speedy victory, and deliver them from the oppression of such as wield terrible might.
If my yard should ever "wield" anything I think it would be big news!!
A recent favorite: someone writing me a fan letter for my Teaching Company set of lectures on linguistics praised me for "enjoying yourself up there so confidently speaking standard English" - as if I have to take a deep breath and "wield" standard English, with my "native" ghetto inflections and expressions turning up in my speech when I'm tired.