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pedal

noun ped·al \ ˈpe-dᵊl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of pedal

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

Recent Examples of pedal from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of pedal

Middle French pedale, from Italian, from Latin pedalis, adjective


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pedal

adjective ped·al

Definition of pedal

1 play \ˈpe-dᵊl also ˈpē-\ :of or relating to the foot
2 play \ˈpe-dᵊl\ :of, relating to, or involving a pedal

Origin and Etymology of pedal

Latin pedalis, from ped-, pes


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pedal

verb ped·al \ ˈpe-dᵊl \

Definition of pedal

pedaled also pedalled; pedaling also pedalling play \ˈpe-dᵊl-iŋ, ˈped-liŋ\
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

  1. He was pedaling as fast as he could.

  2. He pedaled down to the store.

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First Known Use of pedal

1883



PEDAL Defined for English Language Learners

pedal

noun

Definition of pedal for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of pedal for English Language Learners

  • : to push the pedals of (something, such as a bicycle)

  • : to ride a bicycle to a particular place


PEDAL Defined for Kids

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pedal

noun ped·al \ ˈpe-dᵊl \

Definition of pedal for Students

:a lever worked by the foot or feet

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pedal

verb

Definition of pedal for Students

pedaled also pedalled; pedaling also pedalling
:to use or work levers with a foot or feet
  • She's learning how to pedal a bicycle.

Medical Dictionary

pedal

adjective ped·al \ ˈped-ᵊl also ˈpēd- \

medical Definition of pedal

:of or relating to the foot


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