from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A foot-operated lever used for actuating or controlling a mechanism, as in a loom, sewing machine, piano, or organ.
- n. A similar foot-operated part attached to a crank and used for powering various devices, such as a bicycle.
- n. Music A pedal point.
- n. Music A pedal keyboard.
- adj. Of or relating to a pedal.
- adj. Of or relating to a foot or footlike part: the pedal extremities.
- intransitive v. To use or operate a pedal or pedals.
- intransitive v. To ride a bicycle.
- transitive v. To operate the pedals of.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lever operated by one's foot that is used to control a machine or mechanism, such as a bicycle or piano
- n. a foot or footlike part.
- v. To operate a pedal attached to a wheel in a continuous circular motion.
- v. To operate a bicycle.
- adj. Of or relating to the foot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zoöl.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a pedal; having pedals.
- n. A lever or key acted on by the foot, as in the pianoforte to raise the dampers, or in the organ to open and close certain pipes; a treadle, as in a lathe or a bicycle.
- n. A pedal curve or surface.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or connected with a foot or the feet: as, pedal extremities.
- Technically— Of or pertaining to a foot-like part of the body, as of a mollusk; podial: as, a pedal ganglion.
- Of or pertaining to the pes or hind foot only: opposed to manual.
- Pertaining to the feet of perpendiculars let fall from one point upon tangents to a fixed locus called a basis.
- 4 (ped′ al). In music, relating to a pedal.
- In conchology: Any muscle of the foot or podium of a univalve. The posterior adductor of a bivalve, when there are two. See cuts under Astartidæ and Tridaenidæ.
- n. Any part of a machine or apparatus which is intended to receive and transmit power from the foot of the operator; a treadle: as, the pedals of a bicycle.
- n. In musical instruments, a foot-lever; a metal or wooden key or projecting bar operated by the foot. , ,
- n. Same as organ-point.
- n. A pedal curve or surface, or one of which another is the pedal curve or surface.
- To work a pedal; use the pedals, as of a piano, organ, bicycle, etc.
- In geometry, pertaining to the feet of transversals on to the sides of a triangle through a given point and the vertices.
- n. In geometry, a pedal triangle (which see, under triangle).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a lever that is operated with the foot
- n. a sustained bass note
- adj. of or relating to the feet
- v. operate the pedals on a keyboard instrument
- v. ride a bicycle
French pédale, from Italian pedale, from Latin pedālis, one foot long, from pēs, ped-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French pédale, Italian pedale, Latin pedālis (Wiktionary)