pedal

1.
n. & v.
—n.
1 any of several types of foot-operated levers or controls for mechanisms, esp.: a either of a pair of levers for transmitting power to a bicycle or tricycle wheel etc. b any of the foot-operated controls in a motor vehicle. c any of the foot-operated keys of an organ used for playing notes, or for drawing out several stops at once etc. d each of the foot-levers on a piano etc. for making the tone fuller or softer. e each of the foot-levers on a harp for altering the pitch of the strings.
2 a note sustained in one part, usu. the bass, through successive harmonies, some of which are independent of it.
—v. (pedalled, pedalling; US pedaled, pedaling)
1 intr. operate a cycle, organ, etc. by using the pedals.
2 tr. work (a bicycle etc.) with the pedals.
Phrases and idioms:
pedal cycle a bicycle.
Etymology: F peacutedale f. It. pedale f. L (as PEDAL(2))
2.
adj. Zool. of the foot or feet (esp. of a mollusc).
Etymology: L pedalis f. pes pedis foot

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • pedal — sustantivo masculino 1. Pieza o palanca que, empujada con el pie, pone en movimiento un mecanismo: los pedales de la bicicleta. Dale a los pedales. Si pisas el pedal, te saldrá el agua del surtidor. 2. Área: música Sistema mecánico que se acciona …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Pedal — Pe dal, a. [L. pedalis, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See {Foot}, and cf. {Pew}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zo[ o]l.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pedal — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El término pedal puede hacer referencia a: en general, cualquier tipo de palanca que se acciona con el pie; en particular: a los pedales del coche (acelerador, freno y embrague); al pedal de hombre muerto, un sistema …   Wikipedia Español

  • pedał — I {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mnż I, D. u, Mc. pedałale {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} w instrumentach muzycznych, w pojazdach mechanicznych, w niektórych urządzeniach: mechanizm dźwigniowy obsługiwany stopami (przez naciśnięcie stopą) : {{/stl 7}}{{stl… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • pedal — ► NOUN 1) each of a pair of foot operated levers for powering a bicycle or other vehicle. 2) a foot operated throttle, brake, or clutch control. 3) a foot operated lever on a piano, organ, etc. for sustaining or softening the tone. 4) Music a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Pedal — Sn std. (16. Jh.) Neoklassische Bildung. Neubildung zu l. pedālis zum Fuß gehörig , zu l. pēs (pedis) m. Fuß .    Ebenso nndl. pedaal, ne. pedal, nfrz. pédale, nschw. pedal, nnorw. pedal. Mit l. pēs Fuß oder einer nominalen Ableitung sind… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • pedal — [ped′ l; ] for adj.1, also [ pēd′ l] adj. [L pedalis < pes (gen. pedis), FOOT] 1. of or having to do with the foot or feet 2. of or operated by a pedal or pedals n. [MFr pédale < It pedale < L pedalis: see PEDAL the adj.] …   English World dictionary

  • Pedal — Pe dal, n. [Cf. F. p[ e]dale, It. pedale. See {Pedal}, a.] 1. (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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pédal — pédal, ale, aux [pedal, o] adj. ÉTYM. 1878; lat. pedalis « d un pied; du pied ». ❖ 1 Rare. Qui a rapport au pied. ⇒ Pédieux. 2 Géom. || Triangle pédal, qui a pour sommets les pieds des hauteurs d un autre triangle. ❖ HOM. Pédale …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • pedal — 1610s, 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 (Cf. foot)). Extended to various mechanical… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pedal — pèdāl m <G pedála> DEFINICIJA 1. v. papučica (2a) 2. glazb. a. uređaj na različitim muzičkim instrumentima koji se pritišće nogom; namjena mu je različita (za sviranje, za postizavanje efekata i sl.) b. na orguljama klavijatura većih… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

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