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pedal

noun [C] uk   /ˈped.əl/ us  
B2 a small part of a machine or object that is pushed down with the foot to operate or move the machine or object: the brake/accelerator pedal This sewing machine is operated by a foot pedal. He stood up on the pedals of his bike to get extra power as he cycled up the hill.
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pedal

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈped.əl/ us  
operated by a pedal or pedals: a pedal bike/boat/car She emptied the ashtray into the pedal bin.

pedal

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈped.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) us  
to push the pedals of a bicycle round with your feet: He struggled to pedal his bicycle up the hill. We were pedalling like mad (= very fast) against the wind, but didn't seem to be getting anywhere.
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Translations of “pedal”
in Korean 페달…
in Arabic بَدّال, دَوّاسة…
in French pédale…
in Turkish pedal…
in Italian pedale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 踏板…
in Russian педаль…
in Polish pedał…
in Spanish pedal…
in Portuguese pedal…
in German das Pedal…
in Catalan pedal…
in Japanese (自転車などの)ペダル…
in Chinese (Simplified) 踏板,脚蹬子…
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