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ped·al

 (pĕd′l)
n.
1.
a. A foot-operated lever used for actuating or controlling a mechanism, as in a loom, sewing machine, piano, or organ.
b. A similar foot-operated part attached to a crank and used for powering various devices, such as a bicycle.
2. Music
a. A pedal point.
b. A pedal keyboard.
adj.
1. Of or relating to a pedal.
2. (also pēd′l) Of or relating to a foot or footlike part: the pedal extremities.
v. ped·aled, ped·al·ing, ped·als or ped·alled or ped·al·ling
v.intr.
1. To use or operate a pedal or pedals.
2. To ride a bicycle.
v.tr.
To operate the pedals of.

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

ped′al·er, ped′al·ler n.

pedal

(ˈpɛdəl)
n
(Automotive Engineering)
a. 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
b. (as modifier): a pedal cycle; a pianist's pedal technique.
vb, -als, -alling or -alled, -als, -aling or -aled
1. to propel (a bicycle, boat, etc) by operating the pedals
2. (intr) to operate the pedals of an organ, piano, etc, esp in a certain way
3. to work (pedals of any kind)
[C17: from Latin pedālis; see pedal2]

pedal

(ˈpiːdəl)
adj
(Anatomy) of or relating to the foot or feet
[C17: from Latin pedālis, from pēs foot]

ped•al

(ˈpɛd l; for 6 also ˈpid l)

n., v. -aled, -al•ing (esp. Brit.) -alled, -al•ling, n.
1. a foot-operated lever or part used to control, activate, or supply power to various mechanisms.
2.
a. a foot-operated lever on a keyboard musical instrument, esp. one of a set serving as a secondary keyboard on a pipe organ.
v.i.
3. to work or use pedals, as in riding a bicycle.
v.t.
4. to work the pedals of.
adj.
5. of or pertaining to a foot or the feet.
6. of, pertaining to, or using pedals.
[1605–15; (< French pédale) < Latin pedālis of the feet. See pedi-, -al1]

pedal


Past participle: pedalled
Gerund: pedalling

Imperative
pedal
pedal
Present
I pedal
you pedal
he/she/it pedals
we pedal
you pedal
they pedal
Preterite
I pedalled
you pedalled
he/she/it pedalled
we pedalled
you pedalled
they pedalled
Present Continuous
I am pedalling
you are pedalling
he/she/it is pedalling
we are pedalling
you are pedalling
they are pedalling
Present Perfect
I have pedalled
you have pedalled
he/she/it has pedalled
we have pedalled
you have pedalled
they have pedalled
Past Continuous
I was pedalling
you were pedalling
he/she/it was pedalling
we were pedalling
you were pedalling
they were pedalling
Past Perfect
I had pedalled
you had pedalled
he/she/it had pedalled
we had pedalled
you had pedalled
they had pedalled
Future
I will pedal
you will pedal
he/she/it will pedal
we will pedal
you will pedal
they will pedal
Future Perfect
I will have pedalled
you will have pedalled
he/she/it will have pedalled
we will have pedalled
you will have pedalled
they will have pedalled
Future Continuous
I will be pedalling
you will be pedalling
he/she/it will be pedalling
we will be pedalling
you will be pedalling
they will be pedalling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pedalling
you have been pedalling
he/she/it has been pedalling
we have been pedalling
you have been pedalling
they have been pedalling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pedalling
you will have been pedalling
he/she/it will have been pedalling
we will have been pedalling
you will have been pedalling
they will have been pedalling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pedalling
you had been pedalling
he/she/it had been pedalling
we had been pedalling
you had been pedalling
they had been pedalling
Conditional
I would pedal
you would pedal
he/she/it would pedal
we would pedal
you would pedal
they would pedal
Past Conditional
I would have pedalled
you would have pedalled
he/she/it would have pedalled
we would have pedalled
you would have pedalled
they would have pedalled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pedal - a sustained bass note
musical note, note, tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
2.pedal - a lever that is operated with the footpedal - a lever that is operated with the foot
accelerator, accelerator pedal, gas pedal, throttle, gas, gun - a pedal that controls the throttle valve; "he stepped on the gas"
bicycle, bike, cycle, wheel - a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
brake pedal - foot pedal that moves a piston in the master brake cylinder
clutch pedal, clutch - a pedal or lever that engages or disengages a rotating shaft and a driving mechanism; "he smoothely released the clutch with one foot and stepped on the gas with the other"
lever - a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum
automotive vehicle, motor vehicle - a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails
pipe organ, organ - wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard
soft pedal - a pedal on a piano that moves the action closer to the strings and so soften the sound
loud pedal, sustaining pedal - a pedal on a piano that lifts the dampers from the strings and so allows them to continue vibrating
Verb1.pedal - ride a bicyclepedal - ride a bicycle      
unicycle - ride a unicycle
backpedal - pedal backwards on a bicycle
ride - be carried or travel on or in a vehicle; "I ride to work in a bus"; "He rides the subway downtown every day"
2.pedal - operate the pedals on a keyboard instrument
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
control, operate - handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
Adj.1.pedal - of or relating to the feet; "the word for a pedal extremity is `foot'"
Translations
دَوّاسَةٌدَوّاسَهيَسير على الدرّاجَه
pedálšlapat do pedálů
pedalcykle
poljinpolkeapedaali
pedala
pedálpedáloz
fótstig, pedalistíga; hjóla
ペダル
페달
minti pedaluspaminapedalasvažiuoti
braukt ar divritenimīt pedāļuspedālis
pedálšľapať do pedálov
pedalpritiskati na pedale
pedal
ที่เหยียบของรถจักรยาน
pedalpedal çevirmek/basmakayaklık
педаль
bàn đạp

pedal

[ˈpedl]
A. Npedal m
loud pedal (Mus) → pedal m fuerte
soft pedal (Mus) → sordina f
B. VIpedalear
he was pedalling furiouslyestaba dándole duro a los pedales
C. VT [+ bicycle] → darle a los pedales de
D. CPD pedal (bi)cycle Nbicicleta f a pedales
pedal bin Ncubo m de la basura con pedal
pedal boat N = pedalo pedal car Ncochecito m con pedales

pedal

[ˈpɛdəl]
n [bike, car] → pédale f
vi [cyclist] → pédaler
I pedalled to school
BUT Je suis allé à l'école à vélo.pedal bin n (British)poubelle f à pédalepedal cycle nbicyclette f

pedal

nPedal nt; (on waste bin etc) → Trethebel m; to put the pedal to the metal (inf)Vollgas geben
vt he pedalled the bicycle up the hiller strampelte mit dem Fahrrad den Berg hinauf (inf); he pedalled the three miles to the restauranter radelte die drei Meilen zur Gaststätte; he pedalled the organer trat das Pedal der Orgel
vi (on bicycle) → treten; (on organ) → das Pedal treten; he pedalled for all he was worther trat in die Pedale, er strampelte (inf)so sehr er konnte; to pedal off(mit dem Rad) wegfahren

pedal

:
pedal bin
n (Brit) → Treteimer m
pedal boat
nTretboot nt
pedal car
nTretauto nt

pedal

[ˈpɛdl]
1. npedale m
2. vipedalare
to pedal up/down → pedalare su per/giù per
3. vt she pedalled her bicycle up the hillsalì la collina in bicicletta

pedal

(ˈpedl) noun
a lever worked by the foot, as on a bicycle, piano, organ etc. the brake pedal in a car.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈpedalled , (American) ˈpedaled
to move (something) by means of pedals. He pedalled (his bicycle) down the road.

to pedal (not paddle) a bicycle.

pedal

دَوّاسَةٌ pedál pedal Pedal πετάλι pedal poljin pédale pedala pedale ペダル 페달 pedaal pedal pedał pedal педаль pedal ที่เหยียบของรถจักรยาน pedal bàn đạp 踏板

ped·al

a. pedal; rel. al pie.
References in classic literature ?
It was one of the most useful motions in mechanics, the pedal movement; so I made a note in my memorandum book, purposing some day to apply a system of elastic cords to him and run a sewing machine with it.
Weston, kindhearted and musical, was particularly interested by the circumstance, and Emma could not help being amused at her perseverance in dwelling on the subject; and having so much to ask and to say as to tone, touch, and pedal, totally unsuspicious of that wish of saying as little about it as possible, which she plainly read in the fair heroine's countenance.
There she lay at night, but in the day-time she used to play about on the table; here the woman had put a bowl, surrounded by a ring of flowers, with their stalks in water, in the middle of which floated a great tulip pedal, and on this Thumbelina sat, and sailed from one side of the bowl to the other, rowing herself with two white horse-hairs for oars.
Defiantly, with her foot on the loud pedal, she struck--almost slapped--the keys once more.
Often I longed to do something hysterically desperate, to rouse Raffles and bring the street about our ears; once I did bring him about mine by striking a single note on the piano, with the soft pedal down.
There was a great deal more clapping when she finished, and when this was over, as an encore, she gave a piece which imitated the sea; there were little trills to represent the lapping waves and thundering chords, with the loud pedal down, to suggest a storm.
She glanced down in surprise at her own feet, and I observed the slight roughening of the side of the sole caused by the friction of the edge of the pedal.
One was annoyed because his left pedal had come off, and the other because his tyre had become deflated, small and indeed negligible accidents by Bun Hill standards, due entirely to the ungentle handling of the delicate machines entrusted to them--and they failed to see clearly how they put themselves in the wrong by this method of argument.
After a few more turns of the lathe he removed his foot from the pedal, wiped his chisel, dropped it into a leather pouch attached to the lathe, and, approaching the table, summoned his daughter.
Master Tom, not content with refusing to be ruled, must needs set up as a ruler, and manifested a determination to keep, not only his sisters, but his governess in order, by violent manual and pedal applications; and, as he was a tall, strong boy of his years, this occasioned no trifling inconvenience.
He was in the act of driving the gear around with his foot for the purpose of getting the opposite pedal in position, when he heard the thud of a heavy body that landed lightly and evidently on its feet.
Powell as if a pedal had been put down, "only it shall take a little time.