damper pedal

noun Music.
a pedal on a piano that when depressed with the foot raises the dampers and permits the strings to vibrate and sustain the tone.
Also called loud pedal, reverberation pedal, sustaining pedal.
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Main Entry:  damper pedal
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a foot-level on a string instrument, such as a piano, that lifts the dampers from the strings which makes the tone longer and fuller; also called loud pedal, forte pedal, sustaining pedal, [una corda pedal]; cf. soft pedal
Usage:  music
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Morrow wisely applies a damper pedal to his raving and ranting.
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