Pedal Definition

pĕdl
pedaled, pedaling, pedalled, pedalling, pedals
noun
pedals
A lever operated by the foot, used in transmitting motion, as on a bicycle, or a pad pressed by the foot in activating a mechanism, as on a sewing machine, so as to operate a device.
Webster's New World
Such a lever or pad used to change the tone or volume of a musical instrument, as an organ or harp.
Webster's New World
A similar foot-operated part attached to a crank and used for powering various devices, such as a bicycle.
American Heritage
A pedal point.
American Heritage
A pedal keyboard.
American Heritage
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adjective
Of or operated by a pedal or pedals.
Webster's New World
Of or having to do with the foot or feet.
Webster's New World
verb
pedaled, pedaling, pedals
To move or operate by a pedal or pedals; use the pedals (of)
Webster's New World
To ride a bicycle.
American Heritage
To operate the pedals of.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Pedal

Noun

Singular:
pedal
Plural:
pedals

Origin of Pedal

  • French pédale from Italian pedale from Latin pedālis one foot long from pēs ped- foot ped- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French pédale, Italian pedale, Latin pedālis

    From Wiktionary

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