from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move the pedals of a bicycle or similar vehicle backward, especially to apply a brake.
- intransitive v. To move backward by taking short quick steps, as in boxing or football.
- intransitive v. To retreat or withdraw from a position or attitude: The senator later backpedaled on the issue.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pedal backwards on a bicycle.
- v. To step backwards.
- v. To distance oneself from an earlier claim or statement; back off from an idea.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. pedal backwards, as on a bicycle.
- intransitive v. step backwards, in boxing.
- intransitive v. modify one' opinion, usually by making it less strong or adding qualifications.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In bicycling, to press down upon the pedal as it rises, in order to check the movement of the wheel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pedal backwards on a bicycle
- v. modify one's opinion, make it less strong
- v. step backwards, in boxing
back + pedal (Wiktionary)