in adventure games (like nethack), to brandish something and use it as your main weapon.
Depending on the game, the operation can use up a turn or not. Usually cursed items cannot be un-wielded.

Wield (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wielded; p. pr. & vb. n. Wielding.] [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. v�x86;lla to occasion, to cause, Dan. volde, Goth. waldan to govern, rule, L. valere to be strong. Cf. Herald, Valiant.]


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


When a strong armed man keepeth his house, all things that he wieldeth ben in peace. Wyclif (Luke xi. 21).

Wile [ne will] ye wield gold neither silver ne money in your girdles. Wyclif (Matt. x. 9.)


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

The famous orators . . . whose resistless eloquence Wielded at will that fierce democraty. Milton.

Her newborn power was wielded from the first by unprincipled and ambitions men. De Quincey.


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.

Base Hungarian wight! wilt thou the spigot wield! Shak.

Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed. Milton.

Nothing but the influence of a civilized power could induce a savage to wield a spade. S. S. Smith.

To wield the scepter, to govern with supreme command.


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