Origin of pedal

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

Can be confused

pedal peddle petal
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British Dictionary definitions for pedal (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for pedal (2 of 2)

pedal

2
/ (ˈpiːdəl) /

adjective

of or relating to the foot or feet

Word Origin for pedal

C17: from Latin pedālis, from pēs foot
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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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