|1.||a. any foot-operated lever or other device, esp one of the two levers that drive the chain wheel of a bicycle, the foot brake, clutch control, or accelerator of a car, one of the levers on an organ controlling deep bass notes, or one of the levers on a piano used to create a muted effect or sustain tone|
|b. (as modifier): a pedal cycle; a pianist's pedal technique|
|—vb , -als, -alling, -alled, -als, -aling, -aled|
|2.||to propel (a bicycle, boat, etc) by operating the pedals|
|3.||(intr) to operate the pedals of an organ, piano, etc, esp in a certain way|
|4.||to work (pedals of any kind)|
|[C17: from Latin pedālis; see |
pedal ped·al (pěd'l, pēd'l)
Of or relating to a foot or footlike part.
see soft pedal.