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 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 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

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  • 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

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