Nearby words

  1. pedagogical,
  2. pedagogics,
  3. pedagogism,
  4. pedagogue,
  5. pedagogy,
  6. pedal boat,
  7. pedal keyboard,
  8. pedal piano,
  9. pedal point,
  10. pedal pushers

Origin of pedal

1605–15; (< French pédale) < Latin pedālis of the feet. See ped-2, -al1

Can be confusedpedal peddle petal

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British Dictionary definitions for pedal

pedal

1
/ (ˈpɛdəl) /

noun

  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)a pedal cycle; a pianist's pedal technique

verb -als, -alling or -alled or US -als, -aling or -aled

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)

Word Origin for pedal

C17: from Latin pedālis; see pedal ²

adjective

of or relating to the foot or feet

Word Origin for pedal

C17: from Latin pedālis, from pēs foot

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Word Origin and History for pedal
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Medicine definitions for pedal

pedal

[ pĕdl, pēdl ]

adj.

Of or relating to a foot or footlike part.

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Idioms and Phrases with pedal

pedal

see soft pedal.

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