Inflections of ' ' ( pedal ): ( v ⇒ conjugate) When both "l" and "ll" forms exist, spellings with a double "l" are correct, but rare, in US English, while those with a single "l" are not correct in UK English. pedals v 3rd person singular pedalling v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." (Mainly UK) pedaling v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." (US) pedalled v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (Mainly UK) pedaled v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (US) pedalled v past p verb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (Mainly UK) pedaled v past p verb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (US)
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 ped•al /ˈpɛdəl/
USA pronunciation n., v., -aled, -al•ing or ( esp. Brit.) -alled, -al•ling. n.
[ countable ]
a foot-operated lever to control, activate, or power various mechanisms: got her feet tangled on the bicycle pedals.
Music and Dancea foot-operated lever on a keyboard musical instrument. v.
to work or use pedals, as in riding a bicycle: He pedaled furiously up the hill. [no object ] He could hardly pedal the bike up the hill. [~ + object ] See
-ped- 1. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 ped•al
(ped ′l or, for 6–8, pēd ′l), USA pronunciation n., v., -aled, -al•ing or ( esp. Brit.) -alled, -al•ling, adj. n.
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.
a leverlike part worked by the foot to supply power in various mechanisms, as the bicycle.
Music and Dance
a foot-operated keyboard, as on an organ or harpsichord.
any of the keys of such a keyboard. 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.
Anatomyof or pertaining to a foot or the feet.
of or pertaining to a pedal or pedals. using pedals: a pedal mechanism.
Latin pedālis of the feet. See ped- 2, - al 1 French pédale) ( 1605–15
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
pedal / ˈpɛd/ əl n 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 (: as modifier) a pedal cycle, a pianist's pedal technique vb ( ) ( -als, -alling, -alled ) US -als, -aling, -aled to propel (a bicycle, boat, etc) by operating the pedals ( intransitive) to operate the pedals of an organ, piano, etc, esp in a certain way to work (pedals of any kind) Etymology: 17 th Century: from Latin pedālis; see pedal² pedal / ˈpiːd/ əl adj of or relating to the foot or feet Etymology: 17 th Century: from Latin pedālis, from pēs foot
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