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

When engaged, drivers can take their feet off the pedals and hands off the steering wheel, and the car does the rest. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "What is ‘Ultra Cruise’? GM teases mysterious autonomous technology to investors," 1 Aug. 2019 The pedal-to-the-metal life and times of Randy Lanier — explored in a new Miami Herald podcast, Smoked — mirrors the profound shift in American attitudes toward marijuana and state laws governing its use. Amy Driscoll And Alex Harris, chicagotribune.com, "These families made a fortune with pot illegally. Now, pot is paying the bills again," 23 July 2019 The only sound was the creak of their pedals, echoing off the facades. Caleb Crain, Harper's magazine, "Talkin’ ’Bout a Revolution," 22 July 2019 Jim Axlerod talks with guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard (the one without a beard) who are still working hard to make their pedal-to-the-metal, bluesy country rock seem so easy. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (July 21)," 18 July 2019 Virtually none of the toddlers can operate foot pedals, so the power control has to be moved to the steering wheel. Don Stacom, courant.com, "New Britain delivery: 318 ‘toy’ cars that will mean mobility for disabled toddlers," 13 July 2019 With each crank of their pedals, riders on the Tour de France will climb ever-higher into the unknown. John Leicester, baltimoresun.com, "Aiming high: Altitude is the acid test at Tour de France," 5 July 2019 The six routes include: • The pea pod pedal: for ages 2-3 on trikes or Big Wheels. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "There’s still time to register for the 6th annual Project Pedal in Bay Village this weekend," 10 June 2019 Photo: Toyota The Corolla’s six-speed gearbox is good and true, its pedals are close enough to heel-and-toe and the electric power steering isn’t just disqualifying awful. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Fun New Corolla Hatchback Puts the Toy in Toyota," 3 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the video, Alicea looked behind him and began to pedal faster as a silver Toyota Camry approached. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Hartford police make third arrest in homicide behind Bulkeley High," 2 Aug. 2019 Or rent a bike from the Bublr bike hare program to pedal around the city at your own pace. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Visit Milwaukee and Wisconsin this summer, before the world does in 2020," 14 July 2019 Hoyt-McBeth said e-bikes, which allow rider to more easily pedal up hills, could be a gamechanger, particularly as the city eyes expansion to Southwest Portland. oregonlive.com, "Portland eyes citywide Biketown expansion in 2020, with e-bikes as well," 26 June 2019 With the power assist setting in the brand’s app maxed out, the Gocycle’s lighter 36.3-pound magnesium frame is remarkably easy to pedal up steep hills compared with its bigger rivals. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "Should You Trade in Your Car for an E-Bike?," 20 June 2019 As expected, the bike is hard to pedal without power due to that single gear. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "First look: Cowboy proves the e-bikes with removable batteries can be beautiful," 8 June 2019 Riding in this mode while pedaling and occasionally using the throttle depleted the battery after about 40-45 km on average, or about 25-28 miles. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "GoCycle GX e-bike review: fast, fun, and foldable," 29 July 2019 What was once an inside-basketball week of sloppy offseason scrimmages and hopefuls pedaling resumes to executives milling the concourse, has morphed into a sell-out event. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "Zion Williamson's Debut and the Top NBA Summer League Storylines to Watch," 4 July 2019 The bikes are powered both by pedaling and by electrical power when needed to climb hills. Michael J. Williams, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bike-share coming to Encinitas soon," 18 Apr. 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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