- a foot-operated keyboard, as on an organ or harpsichord.
- any of the keys of such a keyboard.
- pedal point.
How to use pedal in a sentence
It’s not as breathable as your standard single-layer wool option, but you can pedal through sleet, rain, or powder and come out the other end with dry toes.
My bike, a large 2021 Expert Carbon model, weighs about 22 pounds with pedals, bottle cages, and a Garmin device.
This essentially creates microscopic cracks in the chain metal that could result in a sudden, catastrophic failure while pedaling.
There's an all-new four-cylinder engine, unique to the vehicle, and an optional automated gearbox for those who want three wheels but only two pedals.The 2020 Polaris Slingshot—still a conversation starter on three wheels|Jonathan M. Gitlin|October 22, 2020|Ars Technica
There’s also a geeky e-Pedal driving system, which allows the driver to speed up, slow down and even stop the vehicle using only the accelerator pedal.
It seems today that we might be pedaling back to an Age of the Bicycle, one Dodge is all too ready for.Pryor Dodge's Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History|Anthony Haden-Guest|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the fiscal cliff approaches, some GOP stalwarts are talking about raising taxes and soft-pedaling abortion.Republicans Face ‘New Reality’ in Washington as the Fiscal Cliff Approaches|Howard Kurtz|November 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He began pedaling away as the shooting paused for maybe five seconds before it started again.Chicago Gangs Go ‘Wilding’ Amid Rising Gun Violence in Obama’s Hometown|Michael Daly|August 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A vacation from life, I thought, pedaling in place in a row of whirring machines, how nice.Must Read New Fiction: ‘Arcadia,’ ‘Men in Space,’ ‘The O’Briens,’ ‘Hot Pink’|Chloë Schama, Jacob Silverman, Wendy Smith, Daniel Roberts|March 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The pedaling—and peddling—worked and Brown agreed to allow the bill to come to the floor.
The tandem rider on the forward seat did the steering and the foot pedaling, and the rear rider operated the motor.The Wonder Book of Knowledge|Various
Ten minutes later, another cyclist, pedaling furiously, rode into the zone of light cast by their head-lamps.The Grell Mystery|Frank Froest
And yet so quiet, without the cursed alarm-ringing of servants' bells, and without the bass-drum tumult of stair-pedaling.Translations from the German (Vol 3 of 3)|Thomas Carlyle
The subject of Pedaling is aptly explained by means of numerous illustrations.Piano Mastery|Harriette Brower
He was pedaling at top speed, for he knew only by acquiring a big lead could he hope to win.The Motor Boys|Clarence Young
British Dictionary definitions for pedal (1 of 2)
- 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
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British Dictionary definitions for pedal (2 of 2)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pedal
see soft pedal.