Definitions for pedalˈpɛd l; for 6 also ˈpid l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ped•alˈpɛd l; for 6 also ˈpid l(n.; v.)-aled, -al•ing; -alled, -al•ling

  1. (n.)a foot-operated lever or part used to control, activate, or supply power to various mechanisms.

  2. a foot-operated lever on a keyboard musical instrument, esp. one of a set serving as a secondary keyboard on a pipe organ.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: pedal point.

  3. (v.i.)to work or use pedals, as in riding a bicycle.

  4. (v.t.)to work the pedals of.

  5. (adj.)of or pertaining to a foot or the feet.

  6. of, pertaining to, or using pedals.

Origin of pedal:

1605–15; (< F pédale) < L pedālis of the feet. See pedi -, -al1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pedal point, pedal(noun)

    a sustained bass note

  2. pedal, treadle, foot pedal, foot lever(adj)

    a lever that is operated with the foot

  3. pedal(verb)

    of or relating to the feet

    "the word for a pedal extremity is `foot'"

  4. bicycle, cycle, bike, pedal, wheel(verb)

    ride a bicycle

  5. pedal(verb)

    operate the pedals on a keyboard instrument

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pedal(noun)ˈpɛd l; for 6also ˈpid l

    the object you put your foot on when riding a bicycle, driving a car, etc.

    the gas pedal

  2. pedal(verb)ˈpɛd l; for 6also ˈpid l

    to push the pedal of a bicycle in order to move along

    He pedaled hard up the steep hill.


  1. pedal(Noun)

    A lever operated by one's foot that is used to control a machine or mechanism, such as a bicycle or piano

  2. pedal(Noun)

    a foot or footlike part.

  3. pedal(Verb)

    To operate a pedal attached to a wheel in a continuous circular motion.

    to pedal one's loom

  4. pedal(Verb)

    To operate a bicycle.

    He was out of breath from pedalling up the steep hill.

  5. pedal(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the foot.

  6. Origin: From pédale, pedale, pedalis

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pedal(adj)

    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

  2. Pedal(adj)

    of or pertaining to a pedal; having pedals

  3. Pedal(adj)

    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

  4. Pedal(adj)

    a pedal curve or surface

Anagrams of pedal

  1. padel

  2. paled

  3. plead

Translations for pedal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a lever worked by the foot, as on a bicycle, piano, organ etc

the brake pedal in a car.

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