(Wield"a*ble) a. Capable of being wielded.
(Wield"ance) n. The act or power of wielding. [Obs.] "Our weak wieldance." Bp. Hall.
(Wield"er) n. One who wields or employs; a manager; a controller.
A wielder of the great arm of the war.Milton.
(Wield"ing), n. Power; authority; rule. [Obs.]
To have them in your might and in your wielding.Chaucer.
(Wield"less), a. Not to be wielded; unmanageable; unwieldy. [R.] "Wieldless might." Spenser.
(Wield"some) a. Admitting of being easily wielded or managed. [Obs.] Golding.
(Wield"y) a. Capable of being wielded; manageable; wieldable; opposed to unwieldy. [R.] Johnson.
(Wier) n. Same as Weir.
(Wier`an"gle) n. (Zoöl.) Same as Wariangle. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
(Wier"y) a. [Cf. Wearish.] Wet; moist; marshy. [Obs.]
(Wi"er*y) a. [From Wire; cf. Fiery.] Wiry. [Obs.] "Wiery gold." Peacham.
(Wife) n.; pl. Wives [OE. wif, AS. wif; akin to OFries. & OS. wif, D. wijf, G. weib, OHG. wib,
Icel. vif, Dan. viv; and perhaps to Skr. vip excited, agitated, inspired, vip to tremble, L. vibrare to
vibrate, E. vibrate. Cf. Tacitus, [" Germania" 8]: Inesse quin etiam sanctum aliquid et providum putant,
nec aut consilia earum aspernantur aut responsa neglegunt. Cf. Hussy a jade, Woman.]
1. A woman; an adult female; now used in literature only in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife,
fishwife, goodwife, and the like. " Both men and wives." Piers Plowman.
On the green he saw sitting a wife.Chaucer.
2. The lawful consort of a man; a woman who is united to a man in wedlock; a woman who has a husband; a
married woman; correlative of husband. " The husband of one wife." 1 Tin. iii. 2.
Let every one you . . . so love his wife even as himself, and the wife see that she reverence her husband.Eph. v. 33. To give to wife, To take to wife, to give or take (a woman) in marriage. Wife's equity (Law),
the equitable right or claim of a married woman to a reasonable and adequate provision, by way of settlement
or otherwise, out of her choses in action, or out of any property of hers which is under the jurisdiction of
the Court of Chancery, for the support of herself and her children. Burrill.
(Wife"hood) n. [AS. wifhad.]
1. Womanhood. [Obs.] Chaucer.
2. The state of being a wife; the character of a wife.
(Wife"less), a. Without a wife; unmarried. Chaucer.