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 also  ˈpē-​ \ : 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

Deeb has kept the pedal to the floor as Metro Detroit Youth Day has grown. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "This Detroiter's path leads directly to a Belle Isle honor," 6 July 2018 One is that riders were able to deliver more power to the pedals thanks to the presence of their teammate, enabling them to ride faster. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "You’re Faster with Friends, Even Uphill," 20 June 2018 Zig-zag your way through the booming Arts District or pedal to the museums up the hill. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "Taking a green rental bike through DTLA? A tipsheet for first-timers," 10 Apr. 2018 Reflective heel tabs help cars see you at night, and sticky rubber soles keep feet fixed to the pedals. Clint Carter, WSJ, "Cycling Clothes That Double as Office Attire," 22 Mar. 2018 The optional direct-injection turbo 1.6-liter, with 201 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 195 lb-ft between 1500 and 4500 rpm, is a carryover piece save for an overboost function that briefly uncorks 202 lb-ft when mashing the gas pedal to the floor. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2019 Hyundai Veloster: Yep, It Still Has Funky Doors," 15 Jan. 2018 Hop on a bike and ride along the lakefront, or pedal to dinner and treat your date to a nice meal with your savings from the zero-cost aquarium visit. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: Shedd Aquarium then a Divvy bike ride," 15 Sep. 2017 The Hitchin' Post, a short pedal up Main St., is a popular spot for the latter, with bar food offerings and daily specials. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 old railroad tunnels help make the Elroy-Sparta Trail one of the state's most popular," 21 June 2018 Those might be a big, flat easy-to-hit button to trigger different game functions, or a mouthpiece that can control a player's speed through breathing, or maybe a foot pedal for acceleration. Rachel Lerman, courant.com, "Microsoft's New Xbox Controller Courts Gamers With Disabilities," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

An officer on patrol on A and Melcher streets spotted the teenagers, who immediately split up and pedaled away from police, according to the release. BostonGlobe.com, "blotter," 9 May 2018 Larger-volume tubeless tires increase traction and reduce risk of a tire puncture, necessities on a heavy bike like this that delivers significant power when pedaling. Ty Brookhart, Outside Online, "Yamaha Just Launched Its First Electric Bicycles," 3 Apr. 2018 Cyclists ride in every direction, some ambling slowly, others pedalling furiously. The Economist, "How two-wheelers are weaving their way into urban transport," 21 June 2018 And while women may not yet have had full access to higher education — or even the right to vote — the unchaperoned, self-propelled bloomer girl seemed to be pedaling in that direction. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 The curious thing this time, though, is that all of the talk being pedalled about his exit is coming from Madrid mouthpieces in the press. SI.com, "Is It Happening? Juventus Closing in on €100m Deal as Ronaldo 'Considers Leaving Real Madrid'," 3 July 2018 On the evening of June 17, 1935, Victor de Visé and his young sons arrived in Chicago after pedaling 793 miles from Trenton, New Jersey, over 13 days on their bicycles. Daniel De Vise, Chicago Reader, "How two Belgian boys became the youngest kids to bike across the U.S.—in 1935," 21 June 2018 Some go to the CitiBike station and get some exercise, pedaling in place. Annie Correal, New York Times, "Inside the Dollar Van Wars," 8 June 2018 Many of the trails require a fair amount of pedaling to get to some cool destinations. Blane Bachelor, Outside Online, "Mammoth Opens Its Bike Park to E-MTBs," 2 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 \

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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