pedal point


noun Music.

a tone sustained by one part, usually the bass, while other parts progress without reference to it.
a passage containing it.

Origin of pedal point

First recorded in 1875–80
Also called organ point, pedal note. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for organ point

pedal point

/ (ˈpɛdəl) /


music a sustained bass note, over which the other parts move bringing about changing harmoniesOften shortened to: pedal

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