Meaning of “pedal” in the English Dictionary

"pedal" in English

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pedalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈped.əl/ us /ˈped.əl/

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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pedaladjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈped.əl/ us /ˈped.əl/

pedalverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈped.əl/ us /ˈped.əl/ -ll- or US usually -l-

to push the pedals of a bicycle 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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(Definition of “pedal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pedal" in American English

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pedalnoun [ C ]

us /ˈped·əl/

a small part of a machine or vehicle that you can press down with your foot to operate the machine or make the vehicle move:

bicycle pedals
You have to press down hard on the gas pedal to get this car up hills.
verb [ I/T ] us /ˈped·əl/

[ I/T ] He struggled to pedal (his bike) up the hill.

(Definition of “pedal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)