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 pedal (audio) also  ˈpē-​ \ : of or relating to the foot
2 \ ˈpe-​dᵊl How to pronounce pedal (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 In their examination of Kesse's vehicle, investigators uncovered a latent print belonging to the victim, as well as a large boot print near the gas pedal. Cristina Corbin, Fox News, "Jennifer Kesse disappearance: Newly released police photos suggest violent struggle," 12 Nov. 2020 While Allen deserves a break, the 5-foot-10, 195-pound running back has no intention of taking his foot off the gas pedal after verbally committing Sunday to Illinois State. Pat Disabato, chicagotribune.com, "In anything but a normal recruiting year, H-F’s Sean Allen sees himself ‘fitting in’ at Illinois State: ‘I’m definitely going to be better.’," 11 Nov. 2020 The officer did find her phone under the gas pedal. John Benson, cleveland, "Resident with AR-15 accuses scared bow hunter of shooting a deer: North Royalton Police Blotter," 28 Oct. 2020 The brake lights may remain illuminated after the brake pedal has been released. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for October 12-19," 20 Oct. 2020 Not even new brake pads can save you from the dreaded soft brake pedal. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Bleed Your Brakes the Right Way," 8 Oct. 2020 Already 2-0 in the division, Arizona can not let their foot off the gas pedal. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Stephon Gilmore, J.J. Watt included in Arizona Cardinals' NFL trade deadline speculation," 30 Oct. 2020 The Serial 1 products are known as pedal-assist electric bicycles, Frank said. Joe Taschler, USA TODAY, "Harley-Davidson launches e-bicycle brand, Serial 1 Cycle Co.," 28 Oct. 2020 The Serial 1 products are known as pedal-assist electric bicycles, Frank said. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson launches e-bicycle brand, Serial 1 Cycle Co.," 27 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There's also a Miss Cavalcade pinup girl contest, Chop Shop demonstrations, pedal car challenge and spring car legends. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Top 5 things to do this weekend in Cincinnati," 7 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Planet-friendly urban planning—such as the web of cycling paths that more than 60 percent of residents use to pedal to work and school every day—has resulted in Copenhagen having five times more bicycles than cars. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, "Destinations on the rise for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 To ride the excessively adorable bike, users can mount via the side peg or use the small staircase and simply begin to pedal the 48-inch Grand Wheel. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Hendrick's Gin Just Released an Exercise Bike so You Can Pedal for Cocktails," 12 Nov. 2020 Most customers pedal for 15 minutes before giving way to the Suzuki outboard motor and settling in for a drink or socializing with friends. Washington Post, "A childhood friendship leads to a Potomac paddle boat partnership," 2 Oct. 2020 Most e-bikes require a cyclist to pedal, but electric motors provide extra oomph. Kelvin Chan, The Denver Post, "Coronavirus pandemic leads to a bicycle boom, and shortage, around world," 14 June 2020 To test his system, Käpylehto enlisted nine pro track and road cyclists to pedal as hard as possible on stationary bikes for 20 minutes. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Cyclists Charge a Tesla With Nothing but Human Power," 28 May 2020 Richardson ran from the store, hopped on his bike, and started to pedal away. Mark Obbie, Longreads, "“We Are Not Lost Causes”," 10 Mar. 2020 Then a 12-year-old baseball fanatic, Veen would often hop off the school bus, gobble down a snack and pedal his bike 20 minutes to the Spruce Creek High practice fields in Port Orange, Fla. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "South Florida prep phenom Zac Veen, Rockies’ top draft pick, confident he’ll make his mark," 14 June 2020 Eerily quiet streets have been an invitation not only for cyclists to pedal, but also for drivers to step on the gas. The Economist, "The little queen of deconfinement How lockdown converted the world to cycling, and the speedbumps that lie ahead," 31 May 2020

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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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The first known use of pedal was in 1611

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Last Updated

22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pedal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pedal. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for pedal

pedal

noun
How to pronounce pedal (audio)

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
How to pronounce pedal (audio)

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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