(Pe"dal) n. [Cf. F. pédale, It. pedale. See Pedal, a.]
1. (Mech.) A lever or key acted on by the foot, as in the pianoforte to raise the dampers, or in the
organ to open and close certain pipes; a treadle, as in a lathe or a bicycle.
2. (Geom.) A pedal curve or surface.
(Pe*da"li*an) a. Relating to the foot, or to a metrical foot; pedal. [R.] Maunder.
(Pe*dal"i*ty) n. The act of measuring by paces. [R.] Ash.
(Pe*da"ne*ous) a. [L. pedaneus of the size of a foot.] Going on foot; pedestrian. [R.]
(Ped"ant) n. [F. pédant, It. pedante, fr. Gr. to instruct, from pai^s boy. See Pedagogue.]
1. A schoolmaster; a pedagogue. [Obs.] Dryden.
A pedant that keeps a school i'th' church.Shak.
2. One who puts on an air of learning; one who makes a vain display of learning; a pretender to superior
A scholar, yet surely no pedant, was he.Goldsmith.
(Pe*dan"tic Pe*dan"tic*al) a. Of or pertaining to a pedant; characteristic of, or resembling, a
pedant; ostentatious of learning; as, a pedantic writer; a pedantic description; a pedantical affectation.
"Figures pedantical." Shak.
(Pe*dan"tic*al*ly), adv. In a pedantic manner.
(Pe*dan"tic*ly) adv. Pedantically. [R.]
(Ped"ant*ism) n. The office, disposition, or act of a pedant; pedantry. [Obs.]
(Ped"ant*ize) v. i. [Cf. F. pédantiser.] To play the pedant; to use pedantic expressions. [R.]
(Ped`an*toc"ra*cy) n. [Pedant + democracy.] The sway of pedants. [R.] J. S. Mill.