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wield
used in The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Butler)

24 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
  • The wielding of the spear I leave to those who are younger and stronger than myself.
    Book 4 (58% in)
  • Therefore, Agamemnon, though you be strong, take not this girl away, for the sons of the Achaeans have already given her to Achilles; and you, Achilles, strive not further with the king, for no man who by the grace of Jove wields a sceptre has like honour with Agamemnon.
    Book 1 (46% in)
  • You are hard as the axe which a shipwright wields at his work, and cleaves the timber to his liking.
    Book 3 (14% in)
  • Mars and dread Enyo led them on, she fraught with ruthless turmoil of battle, while Mars wielded a monstrous spear, and went about, now in front of Hector and now behind him.
    Book 5 (67% in)
  • Then he said to his men, "My friends, how can we wonder that Hector wields the spear so well?
    Book 5 (68% in)
  • Then Hector said, "Ajax, heaven has vouchsafed you stature and strength, and judgement; and in wielding the spear you excel all others of the Achaeans.
    Book 7 (60% in)
  • Let our squires attend to your own steeds, but let us drive mine straight at the Trojans, that Hector may learn how furiously I too can wield my spear.
    Book 8 (21% in)
  • Jove, moreover, has vouchsafed you to wield the sceptre and to uphold righteousness, that you may take thought for your people under you; therefore it behooves you above all others both to speak and to give ear, and to out the counsel of another who shall have been minded to speak wisely.
    Book 9 (14% in)
  • Many a man was flung headlong from his chariot by the hand of the son of Atreus, for he wielded his spear with fury.
    Book 11 (22% in)
  • Then they fought furiously in close combat about the body of Alcathous, wielding their long spears; and the bronze armour about their bodies rang fearfully as they took aim at one another in the press of the fight, while the two heroes Aeneas and Idomeneus, peers of Mars, outvied everyone in their desire to hack at each other with sword and spear.
    Book 13 (59% in)
  • The two sides fought with their double-pointed spears in hand-to-hand encounter-the Trojans from their chariots, and the Achaeans climbing up into their ships and wielding the long pikes that were lying on the decks ready for use in a sea-fight, jointed and shod with bronze.
    Book 15 (51% in)
  • As he spoke he wielded his spear with still greater fury, and when any Trojan made towards the ships with fire at Hector's bidding, he would be on the look-out for him, and drive at him with his long spear.
    Book 15 (99% in)
  • Diomed son of Tydeus no longer wields his spear to defend the Danaans, neither have I heard the voice of the son of Atreus coming from his hated head, whereas that of murderous Hector rings in my cars as he gives orders to the Trojans, who triumph over the Achaeans and fill the whole plain with their cry of battle.
    Book 16 (9% in)
  • He grasped two redoubtable spears that suited his hands, but he did not take the spear of noble Achilles, so stout and strong, for none other of the Achaeans could wield it, though Achilles could do so easily.
    Book 16 (16% in)
  • In and out, and here and there, full speed he dashed amid the throng of the Trojans, but for all the fury of his pursuit he killed no man, for he could not wield his spear and keep his horses in hand when alone in the chariot; at last, however, a comrade, Alcimedon, son of Laerces son of Haemon caught sight of him and came up behind his chariot.
    Book 17 (62% in)
  • He looked about him in dismay, knowing that never again should he wield spear in battle with the Trojans.
    Book 17 (80% in)
  • My mother forbade me to arm till I should see her come, for she promised to bring me goodly armour from Vulcan; I know no man whose arms I can put on, save only the shield of Ajax son of Telamon, and he surely must be fighting in the front rank and wielding his spear about the body of dead Patroclus.
    Book 18 (32% in)
  • I put it from me: I dare not nurse it for ever; therefore, bid the Achaeans arm forthwith that I may go out against the Trojans, and learn whether they will be in a mind to sleep by the ships or no. Glad, I ween, will he be to rest his knees who may fly my spear when I wield it.
    Book 19 (17% in)
  • He also drew his father's spear out of the spear-stand, a spear so great and heavy and strong that none of the Achaeans save only Achilles had strength to wield it; this was the spear of Pelian ash from the topmost ridges of Mt. Pelion, which Chiron had once given to Peleus, fraught with the death of heroes.
    Book 19 (91% in)
  • "Why," said he, "wielder of the lightning, have you called the gods in council?
    Book 20 (4% in)
  • Aeneas though he had avoided the spear, stood still, blinded with fear and grief because the weapon had gone so near him; then Achilles sprang furiously upon him, with a cry as of death and with his keen blade drawn, and Aeneas seized a great stone, so huge that two men, as men now are, would be unable to lift it, but Aeneas wielded it quite easily.
    Book 20 (55% in)
  • As a fire raging in some mountain glen after long drought—and the dense forest is in a blaze, while the wind carries great tongues of fire in every direction—even so furiously did Achilles rage, wielding his spear as though he were a god, and giving chase to those whom he would slay, till the dark earth ran with blood.
    Book 20 (98% in)
  • Right for the city and the high wall, parched with thirst and grimy with dust, still they fied on, with Achilles wielding his spear furiously behind them.
    Book 21 (89% in)
  • Then Minerva said, "Father, wielder of the lightning, lord of cloud and storm, what mean you?
    Book 22 (34% in)

There are no more uses of "wield" in The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Butler).

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