- 1A foot-operated lever or control for a vehicle, musical instrument, or other mechanism, in particular.More example sentences
- The same format was often imitated at the organ, the pedal taking the bass and the manuals the treble lines.
- This implementation enables you to create a true dual-manual organ with bass pedals, a swell pedal and faders to control the drawbars.
- I understand that some of the older organs have quite short pedals, which meant you had to always play with the toes and not the heel.
- 1.1Each of a pair of cranks used for powering a bicycle or other vehicle propelled by leg power.More example sentences
- All of this excess motion can rob the cyclist of the power that needs to be delivered to the pedals to drive the bicycle forward.
- The rider sits on a saddle, propels the vehicle by means of pedals, and steers with handlebars on the front wheel.
- It's more important for a race bike to actively absorb washboard and roots so riders can stay seated, powering the pedals to the finish line.
- 1.2A foot-operated throttle, brake, or clutch control in a motor vehicle.More example sentences
- The gear lever was at his right hand, the brake in the throttle pedal's usual place.
- Second, the brake and master cylinder rotate as the front end deforms, moving the clutch and brake pedal forward.
- Further tests are planned on gas, brake and clutch pedals.
- 1.3Each of a set of two or three levers on a piano, particularly (also sustaining pedal) one that, when depressed by the foot, prevents the dampers from stopping the sound when the keys are released. The second is the soft pedal; a third, if present, produces either selective sustaining or complete muffling of the tone.More example sentences
- The basic notes of his music are very few and usually surrounded by a haze of the overtones created by the damper pedal of the piano.
- During performance, most students will need to stand while depressing the damper pedal to access the interior of the piano.
- I took this opportunity, not only to answer her question and remind her of the proper name for the damper pedal, but also to explore the piano and how it worked.
- 1.5 Music short for pedal note.
verb (pedals, pedaling, pedaled ; British pedals, pedalling, pedalled)[no object] Back to top
- 1Move by working the pedals of a bicycle: they pedaled along the canal towpathMore example sentences
- On a borrowed a bicycle, he pedals over hills and along dirt roads, encountering impenetrable characters and glimpses of his own nature.
- When the girls came pedalling along in the Bordeaux race - all legs and flowing hair - they were a sensation.
- You can see cyclists pedalling along, chatting away happily.
- 1.1 [with object] Move (a bicycle) by working its pedals: she was pedaling a bicycle around townMore example sentences
- But we are also abandoning red meat, drinking bottled water, double-locking our doors at night and sending our kids out with a crash helmet when they're pedalling the trike around the lawn.
- They allow those adults to pedal the trike around in the water.
- Begin moving your legs in a circular motion, as if pedaling a bicycle.
- 1.2Work the pedals of a bicycle: he was coming down the path on his bike, pedaling hardMore example sentences
- Shipston junior triathlete Natalie Smith is pedalling hard for success this year as she aims for the ultimate prize - representing her country in international competition.
- The anarchists sped down Clarendon, followed by 30 uniformed Boston policemen pedaling hard.
- The rider then has a choice: to stop the bike or to pedal faster.
- 1.3Use the pedals of a piano, especially in a particular style: (as noun pedaling) Chopin gave no indications of pedaling in his manuscriptMore example sentences
- The composer provides clear indications for dynamics, pedaling and phrasing.
- The student will enjoy exploring the many colors of piano dynamics, voicing and pedaling.
- He made something veiled and mysterious of the central fugue, and his virtuoso pedalling in the work's later stages was impressive.
with the pedal to the metal
- North American • informal With the accelerator of a car pressed to the floor.More example sentences
- Without so much as flinching, Bri had the car in drive and was screeching out of the parking lot with the pedal to the metal.
- So what if he gets driven around with the pedal to the metal?
pedaler (British pedaller)
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- The hours between 4pm and 7pm would be soon called ‘crash/death time’ because of the tired pedallers on the roads.
- The pedallers are rewarded by economic gains, although sometimes related issues are not addressed (such as traffic congestion).
- It seems the local force is keeping a close eye on pavement pedallers after complaints from pedestrians that the footpaths are unsafe.
early 17th century (denoting a foot-operated lever of an organ): from French pédale, from Italian pedale, from Latin pedalis 'a foot in length', from pes, ped- 'foot'.
People often confuse the words pedal and peddle. Pedal is a noun referring to a foot-operated lever, as on a bicycle, and a verb chiefly meaning ‘move by working the pedals of a bicycle’ ( they pedaled along the road ). Peddle, on the other hand, is a verb meaning ‘sell goods or promote an idea’ ( he peddled printing materials around the country she peddled a ludicrously utopian view of the past ). The related words peddler and pedaler are also confused. A peddler (also spelled pedlar, especially in Britain) is a person who goes from place to place selling goods, while a pedaler (or, in Britain, a pedaller) is someone who rides a bike.
adjectivechiefly Medicine & Zoology
- Of or relating to the foot or feet.More example sentences
- Scaphopods burrow by projecting their foot into the substrate and contracting pedal retractor muscles to pull the animal downward.
- Most actinarians are sessile; that is, they live attached to rocks or other substrates and do not move, or move only very slowly by contractions of the pedal disk.
- Near the pedal ganglia is a pair of statocysts, which are ovid or spherical.
early 17th century: from Latin pedalis, from pes, ped- 'foot'.