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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 sustaining pedal
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  • When the sustaining pedal squeaks, look first to the pedal, then to the wooden rods leading up to the damper rod.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • Remember too that the term "loud pedal" as applied to the sustaining pedal, as it properly is called, is incorrect.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • There is a third pedal called the sustaining pedal, but I do not think it has proved as valuable an invention as was anticipated.

  • To carry out his designs the third or sustaining pedal became necessary.

    For Every Music Lover Aubertine Woodward Moore
  • Don't use the sustaining pedal too frequently, not even as frequently as indicated on the rolls.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • Have you ever tried singing a note into this instrument when the sustaining pedal is depressed?

    Ted and the Telephone Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for sustaining pedal

sustaining pedal

(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 vibrate Compare soft-pedal (sense 3)
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Contemporary definitions for sustaining 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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