AskDefine | Define pedal

Dictionary Definition

pedal adj : of or relating to the feet; "the word for a pedal extremity is `foot'"

Noun

1 a sustained bass note [syn: pedal point]
2 a lever that is operated with the foot [syn: treadle, foot pedal, foot lever]

Verb

1 ride a bicycle [syn: bicycle, cycle, bike, wheel]
2 operate the pedals on a keyboard instrument [also: pedalling, pedalled]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • (noun): , /ˈpɛdəl/, /"pEd@l/
  • (adjective): , /ˈpiːdəl/, /"pi:d@l/ or as the noun
    Rhymes: -ɛdəl
    Rhymes: -iːdəl

Etymology

From pédale, pedale, pedalis

Noun

  1. A lever operated by one's foot that is used to control a machine or mechanism, such as a bicycle or piano

Derived terms

Translations

lever operated by one's foot

Verb

Extensive Definition

''Distinguish from paddle and petal and the verb peddle.
The word pedal comes from the Latin (pes, Pedis) and relates to the foot.
A pedal is a lever activated by one's foot. Examples include:
  • Automobile pedal
  • Bicycle pedal
  • Pedalo, a small boat, usually used for recreational purposes, powered by pedals
  • Piano pedals
  • Pedal keyboard, on pipe and electronic organs, which contains approximately one dozen to three dozen pedals that resemble the keyboards (or "manuals"); when one of these pedals is depressed, it causes a note (or group of notes) to sound
  • Effects pedal, used commonly for electric guitars
  • Pedal tone, a nonchord tone, usually the tonic or dominant held for an extended period of time
In Geometry:
  • Pedal triangle, a triangle obtained by projecting a point onto the sides of a triangle
  • Pedal curve, a curve derived by construction from a given curve
pedal in Bulgarian: Педал
pedal in Danish: Pedal
pedal in German: Pedal
pedal in Spanish: Pedal
pedal in Persian: پدال
pedal in French: Pédale
pedal in Italian: Pedale
pedal in Korean: 페달
pedal in Dutch: Pedaal
pedal in Japanese: ペダル
pedal in Polish: Pedał
pedal in Russian: Педаль
pedal in Swedish: Pedal
pedal in Norwegian: Pedal

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

advance, bar, beam, bicycle, bike, boom, bowl, bunt, bus, butt, cant hook, catch a train, chauffeur, choir, claviature, claw bar, clawed, console, crank, crow, crowbar, cycle, drive, echo, eighty-eight, entrain, fingerboard, footed, forward, go by rail, great, handspike, hoofed, impel, iron crow, ivories, jimmy, joyride, keyboard, keys, lever, limb, make a train, manual, marlinespike, motor, motorcycle, move, organ manual, outrigger, peavey, pedals, piano keys, pinch bar, plantar, pole, prize, propel, pry, push, ride, ripping bar, roll, row, shove, shunt, solo, spar, sweep, sweep along, swell, take a joyride, taloned, taxi, thrust, toed, treadle, troll, trundle, ungulate, wheel, wrecking bar
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