pedal

noun
ped·al | \ ˈpe-dᵊl \

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 alsoˈpē- \ : of or relating to the foot

2 \ˈpe-dᵊl \ : of, relating to, or involving a pedal

pedal

verb
ped·al | \ ˈpe-dᵊl \
pedaled also pedalled; pedaling also pedalling\ˈpe-dᵊl-iŋ, 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

Victorian-era newspapers reported (and perhaps sensationalized) female cyclists dying because of massive skirts that blew up and obscured their view, or dresses that wrapped around their pedals. Christine Ro, The Atlantic, "How Cycling Clothing Opened Doors for Women," 15 Apr. 2018 Even as Tesla works around the clock to bring the Model 3 entry-luxury sedan up to mass-market production, the company is laying out rose pedals for its next car. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Tesla Model Y," 11 July 2018 Weekend activities include jump pad, jump pillow, obstacle course, pipe swing, triple slide, pedal karts, blue-choo, tram rides, goat village, Johnson’s town, corn box and games. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Berries are ripe for the picking at Northwest Indiana farms," 6 July 2018 Jimmy, sensing his error, immediately tried to back pedal. Anne Branigin, The Root, "‘Silence Is Common’: White Man Who Put Racist Restaurant Owner on Blast Says White People Need to Speak Up About Racism," 29 June 2018 Jump, which was recently purchased by Uber, currently has dockless, pedal assisted bikes in San Francisco and Washington D.C. Paul Berger, WSJ, "The Hottest Thing in Dockless Bike Shares: New York City," 9 June 2018 One of the most recent additions is a pedal car exhibit. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Volo Auto Museum opens outdoor space Memorial Day weekend with new exhibits," 8 May 2018 For the film's villain, Botha (Roland Moller), Jablonsky came up with a unique percussion rhythm by running a tom-tom through several distortion pedals and a compressor. Byron Burton, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Skyscraper' Composer Didn't Want a Marvel-Style Score," 12 July 2018 Similarly, Bad Luck is a tenor-drums duo steeped in drone-y saxophone melodies, virtuosic drum soliloquys, and plays with pedals and effects. Alexa Peters, The Seattle Times, "‘This is cool music’: A younger crew of Seattle jazz-informed musicians bend genres, creating their own sound," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Freedom Ring Doughnut, along with the company's Chocolate Iced Doughnut topped with red, white, and blue sprinkles is available through July 4th (the chain first started pedaling these treats on Monday, June 25th). Southern Living, "WATCH: We're Very Excited for These Fourth of July Krispy Kreme Doughnuts," 29 June 2018 In past studies, when someone pedals a bike with one leg or lifts weights with one arm, muscles in the other limb often contract, a development known as mirroring. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Broke Your Right Arm? Exercise Your Left. It May Help, Really.," 16 May 2018 While the Grand Tours have a tradition of waiting for the race leader during such crises, in this case, the peloton wasn’t soft-pedaling. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Unwritten Rules of Sportsmanship," 15 May 2018 Both like to attend early-morning spin classes at Flywheel, a nearby studio, where the room goes dark when the class starts - the better to pedal unobserved. Paul Schwartzman And Josh Dawsey, chicagotribune.com, "'It's burning people out': Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies around D.C.," 9 July 2018 Both like to attend early-morning spin classes at Flywheel, a nearby studio, where the room goes dark when the class starts — the better to pedal unobserved. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "‘Viciousness’: Trump aides endure public fury toward president’s policies," 9 July 2018 Both like to attend early-morning spin classes at Flywheel, a nearby studio, where the room goes dark when the class starts - the better to pedal unobserved. Author: Paul Schwartzman, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "'Viciousness': Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies," 9 July 2018 In the early 20th century, riders used cocaine (to pedal faster) and morphine (to hurt less). Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Stop Boycotting Pro Cycling," 6 July 2018 According to another probable cause affidavit, cops saw a man cycle up to Johnson's front door, get a plastic bag from Johnson as the door burped open and closed, then pedal away. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "They came for a man accused of fathering a 14-year old's baby. They found something more," 3 July 2018

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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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put the pedal to the metal

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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 \

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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