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Meaning of PEDAL

Pronunciation:  'pedal

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a lever that is operated with the foot
  2. [n]  a sustained bass note
  3. [adj]  of or relating to the feet; "the word for a pedal extremity is `foot'"
  4. [v]  operate the pedals on a keyboard instrument
  5. [v]  ride a bicycle

PEDAL is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: bicycle, bike, cycle, foot lever, foot pedal, pedal point, treadle, wheel
 See Also: accelerator, accelerator pedal, automotive vehicle, backpedal, bicycle, bike, brake pedal, clutch, clutch pedal, control, gas, gas pedal, gun, lever, loud pedal, motor vehicle, musical note, note, operate, organ, pipe organ, play, ride, soft pedal, spiel, sustaining pedal, throttle, tone, wheel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pe"dal\, a. [L. pedalis, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See
    {Foot}, and cf. {Pew}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or
       figuratively; specifically (Zo["o]l.), pertaining to the
       foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion.
    2. Of or pertaining to a pedal; having pedals.
    {Pedal curve} or {surface} (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
    {Pedal note} (Mus.), the note which is held or sustained
       through an organ point. See {Organ point}, under {Organ}.
    {Pedal organ} (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.
  2. \Pe"dal\, n. [Cf. F. p['e]dale, It. pedale. See {Pedal},
    1. (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
    2. (Geom.) A pedal curve or surface.
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