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
(U.S.) , -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 pedalis; see pedal2)
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