- a foot-operated keyboard, as on an organ or harpsichord.
- any of the keys of such a keyboard.
- pedal point.
verb (used without object), ped·aled, ped·al·ing or (especially British) ped·alled, ped·al·ling.
verb (used with object), ped·aled, ped·al·ing or (especially British) ped·alled, ped·al·ling.
- pedal boat,
- pedal keyboard,
- pedal piano,
- pedal point,
- pedal pushers
Origin of pedal
Examples from the Web for pedal
I strain and push and pedal and wonder, “When will this end?”
I push down on the pedal with my right leg and instead of propelling myself forward, I topple over sideways.
He'd pedal a few yards, then the handle bars would get away from him.
When Paul Walker steps on the pedal in ‘The Fast and Furious,’ his boyish glee takes over.Best Paul Walker Performances: Ranking the ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise|Jimmy So|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She got thousands of hits and inspired dozens of other women to put the pedal to the metal.
The Solo organ and one-third of the Pedal organ are under the first arch on the north side of the chancel.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
The pedal will probably come off once at least on my way in.The Simpkins Plot|George A. Birmingham
In the "pedal organ" are 12 stops, viz.: Open diapason 16ft.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
The pedal ganglion is made of right and left parts quite completely fused except at the margins.Journal of Entomology and Zoology|Horace Gunthorp
It must be borne in mind that the pedal organ, with its keys for the feet, was a much later invention.The Influence of the Organ in History|Dudley Buck
- 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
verb -als, -alling or -alled or US -als, -aling or -aled
Word Origin for pedal
Word Origin for pedal
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.
see soft pedal.