noun ped·al \ˈpe-dəl\

: a flat piece of metal, rubber, etc., that you push with your foot to make a machine move, work, or stop

: a lever on a piano, organ, etc., that you push with your foot to make or change a sound

Full Definition of PEDAL

:  a lever pressed by the foot in the playing of a musical instrument (as an organ or piano)
:  a foot lever or treadle by which a part is activated in a mechanism

Origin of PEDAL

Middle French pedale, from Italian, from Latin pedalis, adjective
First Known Use: 1618

Rhymes with PEDAL


adjective ped·al

Definition of PEDAL

\ˈpe-dəl also ˈpē-\ :  of or relating to the foot
\ˈpe-\ :  of, relating to, or involving a pedal

Origin of PEDAL

Latin pedalis, from ped-, pes
First Known Use: 1618

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Rhymes with PEDAL


verb ped·al \ˈpe-dəl\

: to push the pedals of (something, such as a bicycle)

: to ride a bicycle to a particular place

ped·aled also ped·alledped·al·ing also ped·al·ling \ˈpe-dəl-iŋ, ˈped-liŋ\

Full Definition of PEDAL

intransitive verb
:  to ride a bicycle
:  to use or work a pedal
transitive verb
:  to work the pedals of

Examples of PEDAL

  1. He was pedaling as fast as he could.
  2. He pedaled down to the store.

First Known Use of PEDAL



adjective ped·al \ˈped-əl also ˈpēd-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PEDAL

:  of or relating to the foot


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