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damper pedal

noun, Music.
a pedal on a piano that when depressed with the foot raises the dampers and permits the strings to vibrate and sustain the tone.
Also called loud pedal, reverberation pedal, sustaining pedal. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for loud pedal
Historical Examples
  • I'll say one thing for her, right or wrong, she never got off the loud pedal on that prediction.

    The Right Time Walter Bupp
  • Tilted by loud pedal Rod which raises all the dampers simultaneously.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • During all of this, without intermission, her foot conscientiously pressed the loud pedal.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Defiantly, with her foot on the loud pedal, she struck—almost slapped—the keys once more.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • There was a piano in that room and I went to it, put my foot on the loud pedal and began to play.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • Remember too that the term "loud pedal" as applied to the sustaining pedal, as it properly is called, is incorrect.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • Waltzes, played very quick, and galops with the loud pedal down and an impromptu bass.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • A bar, L, passing along under all the damper lifters, is raised by depressing the loud pedal.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • Her foot continuously touched the loud pedal—the blurred sound seemed to accomplish more.

    Miss Lulu Bett

    Zona Gale
  • Well, anyways, after she had got "Soft and Low" going strong with the loud pedal and no expression, I opened the first envelope.

    Believe You Me! Nina Wilcox Putnam
Contemporary definitions for loud pedal

a foot-level on a string instrument, such as a piano, that lifts the dampers from the strings which makes the tone longer and fuller; also called loud pedal , forte pedal , sustaining pedal , [una corda pedal]; cf. soft pedal

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