Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A foot-operated lever used for actuating or controlling a mechanism, as in a loom, sewing machine, piano, or organ.
  • noun A similar foot-operated part attached to a crank and used for powering various devices, such as a bicycle.
  • noun A pedal point.
  • noun A pedal keyboard.
  • adjective Of or relating to a pedal.
  • adjective Of or relating to a foot or footlike part.
  • intransitive verb To use or operate a pedal or pedals.
  • intransitive verb To ride a bicycle.
  • intransitive verb To operate the pedals of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun In geometry, a pedal triangle (which see, under triangle).
  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In musical instruments, a foot-lever; a metal or wooden key or projecting bar operated by the foot. , ,
  • noun Same as organ-point.
  • noun A pedal curve or surface, or one of which another is the pedal curve or surface.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mech.) 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.
  • noun (Geom.) A pedal curve or surface.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zoöl.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to a pedal; having pedals.
  • adjective (Geom.) the curve or surface which is the locus of the feet of perpendiculars let fall from a fixed point upon the straight lines tangent to a given curve, or upon the planes tangent to a given surface.
  • adjective (Mus.) the note which is held or sustained through an organ point. See Organ point, under Organ.
  • adjective (Mus.) an organ which has pedals or a range of keys moved by the feet; that portion of a full organ which is played with the feet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A lever operated by one's foot that is used to control a machine or mechanism, such as a bicycle or piano
  • noun medicine a foot or footlike part.
  • verb To operate a pedal attached to a wheel in a continuous circular motion.
  • verb To operate a bicycle.
  • adjective Of or relating to the foot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a lever that is operated with the foot
  • noun a sustained bass note
  • adjective of or relating to the feet
  • verb operate the pedals on a keyboard instrument
  • verb ride a bicycle

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French pédale, from Italian pedale, from Latin pedālis, one foot long, from pēs, ped-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French pédale, Italian pedale, Latin pedālis

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