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 California Highway Patrol says a vendor parked the cart near the 16th hole Friday at Pebble Beach and was walking away when a box fell onto the gas pedal, moving it forward. Washington Post, "Runaway golf cart hits 5 people near 16th hole at US Open," 15 June 2019 Push lightly on the pedal and the motor provides a light touch without feeling underpowered. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "First look: Cowboy proves the e-bikes with removable batteries can be beautiful," 8 June 2019 There are two settings for the brakes, Comfort and Sport, with each altering how much pressure is required on the pedal to slow the car. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 BMW M8 Will Have Adjustable Brake-Pedal Feel," 9 May 2019 Our best runs involved a light dollop of brake torquing to get engine revs off idle and then carefully applying the gas pedal to avoid excessive wheelspin. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "We Test the 2020 Toyota Supra: Zero to 60 in 3.8 Seconds," 14 May 2019 With autonomous cars coming, the days of driving a car that has a steering wheel and a gas pedal are numbered. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "A Porsche 911 Fan Finds His Car for Life," 26 Mar. 2019 But there is no way to soft-pedal something like the GND. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 When the design was complete, the pedal resembled alien cartilage. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 The pedal box, for example, blends carbon, titanium, magnesium, and steel. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "Working on this Singer 911 restoration “turns” Williams F1 engineers," 24 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If the booze kicks in and makes pedaling hard, don’t worry, you won’t be stranded in the river. Maura Zurick, cleveland.com, "Experience BrewBoat party cruise on Facebook Live today at 5 p.m. down Cuyahoga River with Maura Zurick," 14 June 2019 Participants can also pedal the Bike Machine from Working Bikes, Chicago, which can be used to harness electricity to power water pumps, lights and more. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 14 June 2019 Once the blue ribbon barring the entrance to the ramp was sliced, one biker after another pedaled onto the new ramp, a nearly 800-foot addition to the bridge’s south path. Jason Laughlin, https://www.inquirer.com, "Cyclists celebrate opening of Ben Franklin Bridge ramp," 4 June 2019 The flywheel gives pedaling a realistic sense of inertia. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: Kickr Smart Bike Trainer," 29 Jan. 2019 The women took the sails down, got on the bikes and pedaled in. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "Sail like a girl: How an all-female team made history and won the 750-mile Race to Alaska," 14 July 2018 Electric-assist bikes are pedaled but can provide an electric boost when riders need it, such as when going up hills or against the wind. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago to test-drive new 'dockless' bike share program starting next week," 26 Apr. 2018 Had President Trump been the one soft-pedaling Russia’s treaty violations and proposing more talks, wouldn’t some Democrats have howled that his passivity was further evidence of an infatuation with Vladimir Putin? WSJ, "Who in Government Really Is Helping the Russians?," 11 Feb. 2019 Or perhaps cyclists are pedaling the streets across the river during the Riverwest24. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Patio brunch, Bradford Beach and rooftop drinking: a perfect summer day in Milwaukee," 18 May 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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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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