What does the word wield mean?

Usage examples for wield

  1. Then I thought that he who makes arms well must also wield them well- yet I required some proof of his powers. – Sintram and His Companions by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque Commentator: Charlotte M. Yonge
  2. And so long they fought that tidings came to King Arthur, and anon he graithed him and came to the battle, and saw his knights how they had vanquished the battle, he embraced them knight by knight in his arms, and said, Ye be worthy to wield all your honour and worship; there was never king save myself that had so noble knights. – Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
  3. His right to wield the sword can be challenged only by the sword. – England and the War by Walter Raleigh