pedal

noun
ped·​al | \ ˈpe-dᵊl How to pronounce pedal (audio) \

Definition of pedal

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a lever pressed by the foot in the playing of a musical instrument (such as an organ or piano)
2 : a foot lever or treadle by which a part is activated in a mechanism a bike's pedals

pedal

adjective
ped·​al

Definition of pedal (Entry 2 of 3)

1 \ ˈpe-​dᵊl How to pronounce ˈpe-dᵊl (audio) also  ˈpē-​ \ : of or relating to the foot
2 \ ˈpe-​dᵊl How to pronounce ˈpe-dᵊl (audio) \ : of, relating to, or involving a pedal

pedal

verb
ped·​al | \ ˈpe-dᵊl How to pronounce pedal (audio) \
pedaled also pedalled; pedaling also pedalling\ ˈpe-​dᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce pedalling (audio) , ˈped-​liŋ \

Definition of pedal (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to ride a bicycle
2 : to use or work a pedal

transitive verb

: to work the pedals of

Examples of pedal in a Sentence

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The hope, according to local station 8KPAX, was that drivers would mistake the hair dryer for a speed gun and ease up on the gas pedal. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "Montana Woman Named 'Honorary Trooper' for Slowing Cars Down With a Hair Dryer," 15 Sep. 2019 Needed levity arrives courtesy of Hader, a crucial scene stealer whose Richie always has one foot on the gas pedal out of town but lends gut-wrenching emotion, too. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Thought-provoking 'It: Chapter 2' grows up with its horror heroes," 3 Sep. 2019 Athletic, big, fast and strong — and led by coordinator Jason Taylor, a Pro Football Hall of Famer — Aquinas’ defense had its foot on the pass-rush pedal much of the game, an unwelcome sight for quarterback Dorian Hale. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "Football: Takeaways from De La Salle’s loss to St. Thomas Aquinas," 24 Aug. 2019 Just when China’s conglomerates like HNA Group Co. are retreating from their overseas binges, Shanghai’s Fosun International Ltd. still has its foot on the pedal. Washington Post, "Asia’s Berkshire Hathaway Lacks Buffett’s Touch," 12 July 2019 For all its denials, Beijing is highly likely to put its foot on the gas pedal of the Chinese—and global—economy. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China’s Deleveraging Is Over," 2 July 2019 Whether the 9-0 lead had lulled his guys into a false sense of security or whether Mason Schulz’s pitching was the culprit, Deer Park took its foot off the gas pedal. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Shocking loss in 8 innings ends Deer Park’s reign as state champions," 12 May 2018 According to the probable cause affidavit, the victim said two men approached him and that Green grabbed onto his bike and pulled it away from him while he was still clipped into the bike by the pedals. oregonlive, "20-year-old charged with attacking cyclist on Springwater Corridor, stealing $10,000 bike," 30 Aug. 2019 And the Democrats looking toward 2020 do not seem to be very much in search of a brake pedal. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Joe Biden, Designated White Guy," 13 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Around the corner, a man pedaled his bike in shorts and a raincoat. Los Angeles Times, "Death toll rises to 20 in the Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian regains strength and threatens the Carolinas," 4 Sep. 2019 Smith-Schuster pedaled his bike to USC’s sand volleyball courts and flogged himself with solo workouts of his own design. Michael Mcknight, SI.com, "Much Ado About JuJu," 4 Sep. 2019 And Turnstyle Cycle, which offers spin classes in Boston, Cambridge, and Woburn, apparently wants Equinox defectors to start pedaling in one of their cardio palaces. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Some in Mass. tell Equinox to ‘do better’ amid parent company head’s Trump fund-raiser," 8 Aug. 2019 Their shouts turned physical, the police said, when Mr. Roberts, mounted on a bicycle, slashed Mr. Johnson’s companion on her right arm with a screwdriver and pedaled away. New York Times, "Motorist Charged With Killing Bicyclist He Thought Was a Thief," 3 Sep. 2019 Freeze these finger sandwiches; they’ll be thawed when you’re done paddling or pedaling. Susan Clotfelter, The Know, "Bored with raisins? Try these 5 “fancy” trail mix recipes," 27 Aug. 2019 Join the masses on a smaller scale, pedaling eight miles south of Des Moines on the Great Western Trail to Cumming Tap for Taco Tuesday. Melanie D.g. Kaplan / Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Des Moines is on the move with an emerging food and cocktail scene," 20 Aug. 2019 Beyond those fitness tech companies Adam mentioned, Strava also plays nice with a lot of other hardware makers, like the pedaling cadence trackers made by Wahoo. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why ‘Fitness Tech’ Is Working Out—Data Sheet," 2 Aug. 2019 Around that time, Johnson became strongly associated with pedaling delightfully around London on a bicycle like an eccentric Oxbridge don. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Who Is Boris Johnson?," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of pedal

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1883, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pedal

Noun

Middle French pedale, from Italian, from Latin pedalis, adjective

Adjective

Latin pedalis, from ped-, pes

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pedal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pedal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

pedal

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pedal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

pedal

noun
ped·​al | \ ˈpe-dᵊl How to pronounce pedal (audio) \

Kids Definition of pedal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a lever worked by the foot or feet

pedal

verb
pedaled also pedalled; pedaling also pedalling

Kids Definition of pedal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to use or work levers with a foot or feet She's learning how to pedal a bicycle.

pedal

adjective
ped·​al | \ ˈped-ᵊl also ˈpēd-\

Medical Definition of pedal

: of or relating to the foot

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