- ''Distinguish from paddle and petal and the verb peddle.
The word pedal
comes from the Latin (pes#Latin
) and relates to the foot.
A pedal is a lever activated by one's foot. Examples include:
- Automobile pedal
- Bicycle pedal
- Pedalo, a small boat, usually used for recreational purposes, powered by pedals
- Piano pedals
- Pedal keyboard, on pipe and electronic organs, which contains approximately one dozen to three dozen pedals that resemble the keyboards (or "manuals"); when one of these pedals is depressed, it causes a note (or group of notes) to sound
- Effects pedal, used commonly for electric guitars
- Pedal tone, a nonchord tone, usually the tonic or dominant held for an extended period of time
- Pedal triangle, a triangle obtained by projecting a point onto the sides of a triangle
- Pedal curve, a curve derived by construction from a given curve