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.