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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Adjective


Noun pedal has 2 senses

Verb pedal has 2 senses

Adjective pedal has 1 sense


pedala. [L. pedalis, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and cf. Pew.].
  •  Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zoöl.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Of or pertaining to a pedal; having pedals.  [1913 Webster]
Pedal curve or Pedal surface (Geom.), the curve or surface which is the locus of the feet of perpendiculars let fall from a fixed point upon the straight lines tangent to a given curve, or upon the planes tangent to a given surface. -- Pedal note (Mus.), the note which is held or sustained through an organ point. See Organ point, under Organ. -- Pedal organ (Mus.), an organ which has pedals or a range of keys moved by the feet; that portion of a full organ which is played with the feet.
pedaln. [Cf. F. pédale, It. pedale. See Pedal, a.].
  •  A lever or key acted on by the foot, as in the pianoforte to raise the dampers, or in the organ to open and close certain pipes; a treadle, as in a lathe or a bicycle.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A pedal curve or surface.  [1913 Webster]


pedal, n. & v.
1 any of several types of foot-operated levers or controls for mechanisms, esp.: a either of a pair of levers for transmitting power to a bicycle or tricycle wheel etc. b any of the foot-operated controls in a motor vehicle. c any of the foot-operated keys of an organ used for playing notes, or for drawing out several stops at once etc. d each of the foot-levers on a piano etc. for making the tone fuller or softer. e each of the foot-levers on a harp for altering the pitch of the strings.
2 a note sustained in one part, usu. the bass, through successive harmonies, some of which are independent of it.
--v. (pedalled, pedalling; US pedaled, pedaling)
1 intr. operate a cycle, organ, etc. by using the pedals.
2 tr. work (a bicycle etc.) with the pedals.

pedal cycle a bicycle.
pedal, adj. Zool. of the foot or feet (esp. of a mollusc).

L pedalis f. pes pedis foot



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