- a foot-operated lever used to control certain mechanisms, as automobiles, or to play or modify the sounds of certain musical instruments, as pianos, organs, or harps.
- a leverlike part worked by the foot to supply power in various mechanisms, as the bicycle.
- a foot-operated keyboard, as on an organ or harpsichord.
- any of the keys of such a keyboard.
- pedal point.
- to work or use the pedals, as in playing an organ or propelling a bicycle.
- to work the pedals of (an organ, bicycle, etc.).
- of or relating to a foot or the feet.
- of or relating to a pedal or pedals.
- using pedals: a pedal mechanism.
Origin of pedal
Examples from the Web for pedaling
It seems today that we might be pedaling back to an Age of the Bicycle, one Dodge is all too ready for.Pryor Dodge's Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History
September 15, 2014
A vacation from life, I thought, pedaling in place in a row of whirring machines, how nice.Must Read New Fiction: ‘Arcadia,’ ‘Men in Space,’ ‘The O’Briens,’ ‘Hot Pink’
Chloë Schama, Jacob Silverman, Wendy Smith, Daniel Roberts
March 23, 2012
The pedaling—and peddling—worked and Brown agreed to allow the bill to come to the floor.Scott Brown's Wall Street Shuffle
Samuel P. Jacobs
June 28, 2010
Typically, a patient with Parkinson's riding a bike maintains a pedaling rate of around 50-60 RPMs.A Bicycle Built for Parkinson's Relief
Daily Beast Promotions
December 11, 2009
We passed Elfrida and her sister to-day, pedaling along for dear life.Seeing France with Uncle John
Ten minutes later, another cyclist, pedaling furiously, rode into the zone of light cast by their head-lamps.The Grell Mystery
He was pedaling at top speed, for he knew only by acquiring a big lead could he hope to win.The Motor Boys
The subject of Pedaling is aptly explained by means of numerous illustrations.Piano Mastery
- any foot-operated lever or other device, esp one of the two levers that drive the chain wheel of a bicycle, the foot brake, clutch control, or accelerator of a car, one of the levers on an organ controlling deep bass notes, or one of the levers on a piano used to create a muted effect or sustain tone
- (as modifier)a pedal cycle; a pianist's pedal technique
- to propel (a bicycle, boat, etc) by operating the pedals
- (intr) to operate the pedals of an organ, piano, etc, esp in a certain way
- to work (pedals of any kind)
- of or relating to the foot or feet
Word Origin and History for pedaling
1610s, "lever (on an organ) worked by foot," from French pédale "feet, trick with the feet," from Italian pedale "treadle, pedal," from Late Latin pedale "(thing) of the foot," neuter of Latin pedalis "of the foot," from pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)).
Extended to various mechanical contrivances by 1789. Pedal steel guitar is from 1969. Pedal-pushers "type of women's trousers suitable for bicycling" is from 1944.
When college girls took to riding bicycles in slacks, they first rolled up one trouser leg, then rolled up both. This whimsy has now produced a trim variety of long shorts, called "pedal pushers." ["Life," Aug. 28, 1944]
1866 of musical organs, 1888 of bicycles, from pedal (n.). Related: Pedaled; pedaling.
- Of or relating to a foot or footlike part.
Idioms and Phrases with pedaling
see soft pedal.