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 also  ˈpē-​ How to pronounce ˈpē- (audio) \ : 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

Broadly speaking, there are two basic options in e-bike land: power-on-demand and pedal-assist. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Faster and farther: Bulls Cross E8 electric bike review," 14 July 2018 Art Basel Miami is back, with its pedal to the metal. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Bulgari, Dior, Loewe, and More Take Miami Basel by Storm," 6 Dec. 2018 If your gears feel a little sticky, pedal over to an onsite mechanic for a tuneup. BostonGlobe.com, "Summer guide: Things to do around Boston and Cambridge," 2 June 2018 Using the brake pedal also slows you via regenerative braking, in this case by up to 0.3G. Backing up the regen are some hefty friction brake discs, six-piston 14.8-inch (375mm) ones at the front and single-piston, 13.8-inch (350mm) at the rear. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 For a heavier foot on the brake pedal, there's blended regen, in which the conventional disc brakes and regen work simultaneously. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Ram 1500 eTorque: Why the Electrified Pickup Truck Is Even Better," 19 Sep. 2018 Her feet had become entangled behind the brake pedal, authorities said, making removal more difficult. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Woman crashes van into parked cars at Troy Motor Mall," 24 May 2018 Additionally, using your left foot for the brake pedal may lead to inadvertently applying the brakes when they should not be applied. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Stick shifts and lug nuts offered up as theft deterrents," 13 May 2018 Older cabs required the brake pedal to be pressed when stationary to keep the rear doors electrically locked and lessen the risk of passengers escaping without paying their fares. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Hacks R Us: We Drive London's New Plug-In Electric Taxicab!," 29 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many of the rooms overlook Parker’s Piece, a grassy common popular with picnicking Cantabrigians and students pedaling toward the city center, less than a mile away. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cambridge Is Worth More than Just a Day Trip from London," 17 Oct. 2018 Currently, pedal-assist bikes, whose motor is triggered when a cyclist begins pedaling, don’t go above 20 miles an hour and are legal. Katie Honan, WSJ, "NYC Council Calls for Legalization of E-Bikes, Scooters," 28 Nov. 2018 Whether the vehicle is docked, locked, electric, pedaled, shared, or owned, there is clearly a growing group of Americans who want to use their streets in a new way, right now. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Don’t ban scooters. Redesign streets.," 13 July 2018 Tillie Anderson pedaled her last race that year, soon after her husband died of tuberculosis. Kate Siber, Outside Online, "This Seamstress Conquered Bike Racing in the 1890s," 31 May 2018 In late summer, Belber will pedal back to harvest the orange and purple carrots and take them to food pantries, including Father Bill’s in Quincy and Wellspring in Hull. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Make way for Jonny Carrotseed," 25 May 2018 Our favorite ride might be the 12-mile Banana Belt Loop, which runs from Cape Sebastian State Park to singletrack-ringed Lola Lake, with options to cruise through arches and pedal out to sea stacks during low tide. Tim Neville, Outside Online, "The Definitive Guide to Visiting the Pacific Northwest," 24 May 2018 Bike to School Week: Students at Harding and Garfield Middle Schools in Lakewood will be strapping on their bike helmets and pedaling to school May 7-11. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Lakewood Historical Society's Sale on the Grounds returns May 5-6: A Place in the Sun," 1 May 2018 Capable of simulating hills from -3% grade up to 15%, the bike forces you to shift as its resistance changes and neatly tracks your power and RPMs on a 7-inch LCD console, along with speed, heart rate and distance pedaled. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "5 Total-Body Workout Machines That Put Your Treadmill to Shame," 23 Oct. 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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