pedal

[Pe┬Ědal]

Anything you push with your feet to control a machine, vehicle, or instrument is a pedal. When you use a sewing machine, you push the pedal with your foot to make the needle move up and down.

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Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zo'94l.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion.

Noun
a lever that is operated with the foot

Noun
a sustained bass note

Verb
operate the pedals on a keyboard instrument

Verb
ride a bicycle

Adjective
of or relating to the feet; "the word for a pedal extremity is `foot''"

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a.
Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zool.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion.

a.
Of or pertaining to a pedal; having pedals.

a.
A lever or key acted on by the foot, as in the pianoforte to raise the dampers, or in the organ to open and close certain pipes; a treadle, as in a lathe or a bicycle.

a.
A pedal curve or surface.


Pedal

Pe"dal , a. [L. pedalis, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and cf. Pew.] 1. Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zo'94l.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion. 2. Of or pertaining to a pedal; having pedals. Pedal curve ∨ surface (Geom.), the curve or surface which is the locus of the feet of perpendiculars let fall from a fixed point upon the straight lines tangent to a given curve, or upon the planes tangent to a given surface. -- Pedal note (Mus.), the note which is held or sustained through an organ point. See Organ point, under Organ. -- Pedal organ (Mus.), an organ which has pedals or a range of keys moved by the feet; that portion of a full organ which is played with the feet.

Pedal

Pe"dal , n. [Cf. F. p'82dale, It. pedale. See Pedal, a.] 1. (Mech.) A lever or key acted on by the foot, as in the pianoforte to raise the dampers, or in the organ to open and close certain pipes; a treadle, as in a lathe or a bicycle. 2. (Geom.) A pedal curve or surface.

Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zo'94l.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion.

A lever or key acted on by the foot, as in the pianoforte to raise the dampers, or in the organ to open and close certain pipes; a treadle, as in a lathe or a bicycle.

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Usage Examples

I hooked up my accelerator pedal in my car to my brake lights. I hit the gas, people behind me stop, and I'm gone.

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Other Usage Examples

Switching over to a hybrid car is one of those right things, but, unfairly or not, it still has a reputation among car enthusiasts as something you have to pedal really fast when you're on the ramp merging into traffic on the 401.

I love this pedal to death. The only way you could keep me from playing one is by chopping off my legs!

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