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tr.v. wield·ed, wield·ing, wields
1. To handle (a weapon or tool, for example) with skill and ease.
2. To exercise (authority or influence, for example) effectively. See Synonyms at handle.

[Middle English welden, from Old English wealdan, to rule, and wieldan, to govern; see wal- in Indo-European roots.]

wield′a·ble adj.
wield′er n.
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Morally the wielder of power appears to cause the event; physically it is those who submit to the power.
The Dyaks, encouraged by the presence of Muda Saffir in their rear, held their ground; and the infuriated, brainless things that followed the wielder of the bull whip threw themselves upon the head hunters with beating hands and rending fangs.
Him she bare through the embrace of the son of Cronos lord of dark clouds and the other, Iphicles, of Amphitryon the spear- wielder -- offspring distinct, this one of union with a mortal man, but that other of union with Zeus, leader of all the gods.
The latter epithets, and worse, have indeed already been applied, if not to Raffles and all his works, at least to mine upon Raffles, by more than one worthy wielder of a virtuous pen.
And as the frantic wielders of these weapons snatched them from the stream of sparks and tore away into the streets, the same red hue was red in their frenzied eyes;--eyes which any unbrutalised beholder would have given twenty years of life, to petrify with a well-directed gun.
The swords flashed in the rays of the declining sun and then met with a clash that would have shivered less sturdy weapons or disarmed less sturdy wielders.
Chakuro is the archivist for the Mud Whale, who chronicles the lives and deaths of his people; he is also a wielder of the psychokinetic power known as Thymia, though the price of his gift is a drastically shortened lifespan (most Thymia wielders do not survive past age 30).
Khawaja has said that objective of knife wielder was to create panic in the masses.
With the mystical Heart discovered, the wielder must prepare for an epic battle against a vicious, pervasive darkness that threatens all of Parlethis.
Players will take on the role of the "wielder" and concoct spells to win the game and have magical duels with other wielders.
Arranged in a lift-the-flap guessing game, each two-page spread features an array of named tools (such as utility knife, nail gun, snips, and ladder); the child can then lift the large cardboard flap to see a picture of the tool wielder (in this case, a female roofer wearing a hard hat) in action
Dibba Fujairah tracked down the two culprits and shortly caught the alleged knife wielder and his accomplice, AB,20, who fled the scene, and are being interrogated.