- 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.
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- music a foot-operated lever on a piano, usually the right one of two, that keeps the dampers raised from the strings when keys are released, allowing them to continue to vibrateCompare soft-pedal (def. 3)
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