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wield
used in Moby Dick

3 uses
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Definition
to have or use
The exact meaning of wield can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "to wield an ax" — to have it in hand
  • "to wield power or influence" — to have or exercise power or influence
  • Thou shalt see it shining in the arm that wields a pick or drives a spike; that democratic dignity which, on all hands, radiates without end from God; Himself!
    Chapters 25-27 -- Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (41% in)
  • Such is the subtle elasticity of the organ I treat of, that whether wielded in sport, or in earnest, or in anger, whatever be the mood it be in, its flexions are invariably marked by exceeding grace.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (30% in)
  • Nevertheless, this old man's was a patient hammer wielded by a patient arm.
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (5% in)

There are no more uses of "wield" in Moby Dick.

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