Pedal note
Pedal Pe"dal, a. [L. pedalis, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See {Foot}, and cf. {Pew}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zo["o]l.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to a pedal; having pedals. [1913 Webster]

{Pedal curve} or {Pedal surface} (Geom.), the curve or surface which is the locus of the feet of perpendiculars let fall from a fixed point upon the straight lines tangent to a given curve, or upon the planes tangent to a given surface.

{Pedal note} (Mus.), the note which is held or sustained through an organ point. See {Organ point}, under {Organ}.

{Pedal organ} (Mus.), an organ which has pedals or a range of keys moved by the feet; that portion of a full organ which is played with the feet. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pedal note — noun Music 1》 the lowest or fundamental note of a harmonic series in some brass and wind instruments. 2》 (also pedal point) a note sustained in one part (usually the bass) through successive harmonies, some of which are independent of it …   English new terms dictionary

  • pedal-note — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : pedal point 2. : a tone produced by depressing a pedal; also : its notation 3. : one of the lowest tones sounded by a brass wind instrument being an octave below the normal usable range, and representing the fundamental… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pedal-note — noun Etymology: from the playing of the lowest notes on the organ by means of pedals Date: circa 1828 1. pedal point 2. one of the lowest tones that can be sounded on a brass instrument being an octave below the normal usable range and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pedal note — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pedal — Pe dal, a. [L. pedalis, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See {Foot}, and cf. {Pew}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zo[ o]l.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pedal curve — Pedal Pe dal, a. [L. pedalis, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See {Foot}, and cf. {Pew}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zo[ o]l.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pedal organ — Pedal Pe dal, a. [L. pedalis, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See {Foot}, and cf. {Pew}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zo[ o]l.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pedal surface — Pedal Pe dal, a. [L. pedalis, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See {Foot}, and cf. {Pew}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zo[ o]l.), pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pedal — ► NOUN 1) each of a pair of foot operated levers for powering a bicycle or other vehicle. 2) a foot operated throttle, brake, or clutch control. 3) a foot operated lever on a piano, organ, etc. for sustaining or softening the tone. 4) Music a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Pedal point — For pedal point in the mathematical sense, see pedal curve. For the pedal concept in brass instruments, see pedal tone. Pedal tone example.[1] …   Wikipedia

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