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Meaning of pedal

ped•al

Pronunciation: (ped'l or, for 6–8, pēd'l), [key]
— n., v., adj. -aled, -al•ing -alled, -al•ling,
—n.
  1. a foot-operated lever used to control certain mechanisms, as automobiles, or to play or modify the sounds of certain musical instruments, as pianos, organs, or harps.
  2. a leverlike part worked by the foot to supply power in various mechanisms, as the bicycle.
    1. a foot-operated keyboard, as on an organ or harpsichord.
    2. any of the keys of such a keyboard.
    3. Seepedal point.
—v.i.
  1. to work or use the pedals, as in playing an organ or propelling a bicycle.
—v.t.
  1. to work the pedals of (an organ, bicycle, etc.).
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to a foot or the feet.
  2. of or pertaining to a pedal or pedals.
  3. using pedals: a pedal mechanism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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