pedal

[ ped-l or for 6–8, peed-l ]SEE DEFINITION OF pedal
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PEDAL

Pedal line: in caterpillars: extends along the base of the feet.

All I had to do to work miracles was press ever so lightly a pedal.

"There," he said at last, getting up and barking his shin against the pedal.

This pedal sustains but does not increase the power of the sound that is produced.

Elizabeth saw it at a point when she could not control the pedal with her foot.

Mixtures were inserted in the pedal departments of all large organs.

We may add to these the pedal organ, which can be coupled to any but the echo manual.

Suddenly she released the pedal, and lifted her hands from the keys, as if they burned her.

Holding that clear of the ground Jerry spun it by placing his foot on the pedal.

The angle ψ for the pedal is the same as the angle ψ for the curve.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, "lever (on an organ) worked by foot," from French pédale "feet, trick with the feet," from Italian pedale "treadle, pedal," from Late Latin pedale "(thing) of the foot," neuter of Latin pedalis "of the foot," from pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)).

Extended to various mechanical contrivances by 1789. Pedal steel guitar is from 1969. Pedal-pushers "type of women's trousers suitable for bicycling" is from 1944.

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