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ped•al



Pronunciation: (ped'l or, for 6–8, pēd'l), [key]
n., v., -aled, -al•ing or (esp. Brit.) -alled, -al•ling,
adj.


n.
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.
c. See pedal point.

v.i.
to work or use the pedals, as in playing an organ or propelling a bicycle.

v.t.
to work the pedals of (an organ, bicycle, etc.).

adj.
1. of or pertaining to a foot or the feet.
2. of or pertaining to a pedal or pedals.
3. using pedals: a pedal mechanism.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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