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Definition of "pedal" []

  • A foot-operated lever used for actuating or controlling a mechanism, as in a loom, sewing machine, piano, or organ. (noun)
  • A similar foot-operated part attached to a crank and used for powering various devices, such as a bicycle. (noun)
  • Music A pedal point. (noun)
  • Music A pedal keyboard. (noun)
  • Of or relating to a pedal. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pedal" in a sentence
  • "She often used the term pedal or pedalo-French slang for a homosexual-draping it with condescension, pity, and disapproval."
  • "You may not have ever heard the term pedal notes before, but we're sure you've heard them used in countless solos, and in many different styles of music."
  • "The 'PM' attack on Michal Kaminski featured an extract from that 9-year old interview where Kaminski used the Polish word "pedal", which means "queer, poor, fag"."