pedal

Definitions

  • Unlicensed Pedallers
    Unlicensed Pedallers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pedal of or relating to the feet "the word for a pedal extremity is `foot'"
    • v pedal operate the pedals on a keyboard instrument
    • v pedal ride a bicycle
    • n pedal a lever that is operated with the foot
    • n pedal a sustained bass note
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leonardo Divinci made sketches of a tracked armored vehicle to be used as an offensive weapon. It was pedal powered.
    • Pedal (Mech) A lever or key acted on by the foot, as in the pianoforte to raise the dampers, or in the organ to open and close certain pipes; a treadle, as in a lathe or a bicycle.
    • Pedal (Geom) A pedal curve or surface.
    • Pedal Of or pertaining to a pedal; having pedals.
    • Pedal Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically Zoöl, pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pedals were added to the bicycle in 1839.
    • pedal Pertaining to or connected with a foot or the feet: as, pedal extremities.
    • pedal Technically— Of or pertaining to a foot-like part of the body, as of a mollusk; podial: as, a pedal ganglion.
    • pedal Of or pertaining to the pes or hind foot only: opposed to manual.
    • pedal Pertaining to the feet of perpendiculars let fall from one point upon tangents to a fixed locus called a basis.
    • pedal (ped′ al). In music, relating to a pedal.
    • pedal In conchology: Any muscle of the foot or podium of a univalve. The posterior adductor of a bivalve, when there are two. See cuts under Astartidæ and Tridaenidæ.
    • n pedal Any part of a machine or apparatus which is intended to receive and transmit power from the foot of the operator; a treadle: as, the pedals of a bicycle.
    • n pedal In musical instruments, a foot-lever; a metal or wooden key or projecting bar operated by the foot. In the pianoforte two or three pedals are in use: one to lift the dampers from the strings (the damper-pedal or loud pedal); one to introduce a muffler between the hammers and the strings, or to lessen the distance from which the hammers strike, or to move them so that they shall strike only one string instead of the usual two or three (the soft pedal); and sometimes one to hold up the dampers that happen to be lifted when the pedal is pressed down (the sustaining pedal). The use of the damper-pedal is indicated by ped. at the beginning of the passage where it is needed, and by a * at its end. The use of the soft pedal is usually indicated by some such expression as una corda, ‘one string.’ The use of the sustaining pedal is usually left to the player's discretion
    • n pedal Same as organ-point.
    • n pedal A pedal curve or surface, or one of which another is the pedal curve or surface.
    • pedal To work a pedal; use the pedals, as of a piano, organ, bicycle, etc.
    • pedal In geometry, pertaining to the feet of transversals on to the sides of a triangle through a given point and the vertices.
    • n pedal In geometry, a pedal triangle (which see, under triangle).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pedal ped′al pertaining to a foot
    • n Pedal any part of a machine transmitting power from the foot: in musical instruments, a lever moved by the foot
    • v.i Pedal to work a pedal
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Quotations

  • Claude D. Pepper
    Claude D. Pepper
    “Getting older is like riding a bicycle, if you don't keep pedalling, you'll fall.”

Idioms

Put the pedal to the metal - If you put the pedal to the metal, you go faster.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pedalis, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and cf. Pew

Usage

In literature:

Anna pedalled ahead some twenty-five paces; our ladies wheezed and snorted that many behind.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
As arranged for the pianola, it was marked to be played throughout at a lightning pace and with the loudest pedal on.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 25, 1914" by Various
Stan ducked into a narrow path and pedaled away as hard as he could.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
The pupil grasps his levers, and puts his feet on the pedals.
"Aircraft and Submarines" by Willis J. Abbot
It was rather an undulation of the A-flat major chord, here and there thrown aloft by the pedal.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
An hour later Margaret Fenn came pedaling into the town from the country road, all smiling and breathless and red lipped, and full of color.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
But there was a slight limp in his movement as he back-pedaled away from the Nipe.
"Anything You Can Do" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Simon always maintained not everyone could handle too much soft-pedalled reality.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
P, Pedal ganglion and commencement of pedal nerve-cord.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Scotty hooted in derision as Rick back-pedaled, then he put his bar down and swam to Rick's side.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The man stopped before him, and looked compassionately at his swollen pedals.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
Get onto the Bureau and use the soft pedal.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Accidentally he discovered that by pressing with his calves on certain pedals below the stool he could maneuver the seat to either side.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
In German and Dutch organs the term cornet is sometimes applied to a pedal reed stop.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
She could not climb mountains, pedal wheels or ride quadrupeds.
"A Soldier's Trial" by Charles King
Keep a-pedalling; whatever you do, keep a-pedalling!
"Stories That End Well" by Octave Thanet
Though the perspiration stood upon Mr. Braden's brow, his pedal extremities began to suffer from cold.
"The Land of Strong Men" by Arthur M. Chisholm
It was a sort of soft-pedaled thud, as though a body had fallen to the floor.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
Only a few looms were going, their pedals in water.
"The Little Minister" by J. M. Barrie
I must go and see if he wants to use the pedal-notes; when he does, he likes me to blow for him.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
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In poetry:

She'd a purple mac for wet days,
A green umbrella too to take,
She'd a bicycle with shopping basket
And a harsh back-pedal break.
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
She could feel his hot breath behind her,
He was going to overtake;
And the bicycle went slower and slower
Because of that back-pedal break.
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
Thou art the player whose organ-keys are thunders,
And I beneath thy foot the pedal prest;
Thou art the ray whereat the rent night sunders,
And I the cloudlet borne upon thy breast.
"Mater Triumphalis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
See, the church empties apace:
Fast they extinguish the lights.
Hallo there, sacristan! Five minutes' grace!
Here's a crank pedal wants setting to rights,
Baulks one of holding the base.
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning

In news:

Twin Commander Aircraft has developed a pressurization leak kit for rudder -pedal horns.
Twin Commander Aircraft has developed a rudder -pedal seal kit that it says virtually eliminates pressurization leaks in a troublesome area.
Try Pedaling at Your Desk.
Evan Hoch, 13, Oley Township, pedals a tractor pulling a sled Friday at the Oley Valley Community Fair.
Aides soft-pedal Romney remarks to donors.
Each is converted from an old railroad, which makes them mostly flat and easy to pedal.
Pedal on in the spud state.
Officially licensed Cobra Moto Strider no-pedal balance bike gives toddlers the look of a Motocross Champion.
Commuters Pedal to Work on Their Very Own Superhighway .
Back to The HooK front page FOOD- TABLETALK - Pedal to the metal.
At 81, Mildred Naiman kept the pedal to the metal.
They have small, wide-set pedals that most cyclists do not use as they travel entirely on battery power.
Two dozen cyclists are pedaling their way across the country to honor "our fallen" heroes.
Kids did some extra pedaling in Bangor on Friday.
Dweezil Zappa Demonstrates Godlyke TWA Triskelion Pedal.
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In science:

For example in a car, the action components might be accelerator pedal position, steering wheel angle, and brake pedal position.
The Local Optimality of Reinforcement Learning by Value Gradients, and its Relationship to Policy Gradient Learning
Through the mechanical action of seven pedals, each affecting the tuning of of strings of one pitch-class through varying the lengths of them by pressing them against certain contact points (similar to frets), the pitches of the strings can be changed among flat, natural and sharp.
Music in Terms of Science
Each pedal has three positions, with the top position corresponding to the largest string length for obtaining the flat notes.
Music in Terms of Science
If all pedals are set in the middle position, the scale of C-ma jor is obtained.
Music in Terms of Science
In the bottom position for shortening the string again to create a sharp, the scale of C-sharp ma jor is obtained by setting all seven pedals in the bottom position.
Music in Terms of Science
In each position the pedal can be secured in a notch so that the foot does not have to keep holding it in the desired position.
Music in Terms of Science
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