pedal

[ped-l or for 6–8, peed-l]
noun
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.
3.
Music.
a.
a foot-operated keyboard, as on an organ or harpsichord.
b.
any of the keys of such a keyboard.
verb (used without object), pedaled, pedaling or (especially British) pedalled, pedalling.
4.
to work or use the pedals, as in playing an organ or propelling a bicycle.
verb (used with object), pedaled, pedaling or (especially British) pedalled, pedalling.
5.
to work the pedals of (an organ, bicycle, etc.).
adjective
6.
of or pertaining to a foot or the feet.
7.
of or pertaining to a pedal or pedals.
8.
using pedals: a pedal mechanism.

Origin:
1605–15; (< French pédale) < Latin pedālis of the feet. See ped-2, -al1

pedal, peddle, petal.
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pedal1 (ˈpɛdəl)
 
n
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 pedal²]

pedal2 (ˈpiːdəl)
 
adj
of or relating to the foot or feet
 
[C17: from Latin pedālis, from pēs foot]

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Word Origin & History

pedal
1611, "lever (on an organ) worked by foot," from Fr. pédale, from It. pedale "treadle, pedal," from L.L. pedale "(thing) of the foot," neut. of L. pedalis "of the foot," from pes (gen. pedis) "foot" (see foot). Extended to various mechanical contrivances by 1789. The
verb is from the noun; 1866 of organs, 1888 of bicycles. Pedal-pushers "type of women's trousers suitable for bicycling" is from 1944.
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Medical Dictionary

pedal ped·al (pěd'l, pēd'l)
adj.
Of or relating to a foot or footlike part.

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Idioms & Phrases

pedal

see soft pedal.

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Example sentences
Once the system is installed, it will stop the car if both the brake pedal and
  accelerator pedal are depressed.
People were not going to pedal their planes themselves.
Cyclists pedal at their own pace, regrouping at points of interest and in the
  evenings to share their experiences.
He bolted a piece of plywood between the back wheels to create a place to sit
  and pedal.
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