Pedagogy Ped"a·go`gy noun [ Greek ...: confer French pédagogie .] Pedagogics; pedagogism. South.
Pedal Pe"dal adjective [ Latin pedalis , from pes , pedis , foot. See Foot , and confer Pew .] 1. Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically (Zoology) , pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion. 2. Of or pertaining to a pedal; having pedals. Pedal curve or 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.
Pedal Pe"dal noun [ Confer French pédale , Italian pedale . See Pedal , adjective ] 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.
Pedalian Pe·da"li·an adjective Relating to the foot, or to a metrical foot; pedal. [ R.] Maunder.
Pedality Pe·dal"i·ty noun The act of measuring by paces. [ R.] Ash.
Pedaneous Pe·da"ne·ous adjective [ Latin pedaneus of the size of a foot.] Going on foot; pedestrian. [ R.]
Pedant Ped"ant noun
[ French pédant
, Italian pedante
, from Greek ... to instruct, from pai^s
boy. See Pedagogue
.] 1. A schoolmaster; a pedagogue.
[ Obsolete] 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 knowledge. Addison.
A scholar, yet surely no pedant , was he. Goldsmith.
Pedantic, Pedantical Pe·dan"tic, Pe·dan"tic·al adjective 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.
Pedantically Pe·dan"tic·al·ly adverb In a pedantic manner.
Pedanticly Pe·dan"tic·ly adverb Pedantically. [ R.]
Pedantism Ped"ant·ism noun The office, disposition, or act of a pedant; pedantry. [ Obsolete]
Pedantize Ped"ant·ize intransitive verb [ Confer French pédantiser .] To play the pedant; to use pedantic expressions. [ R.]
Pedantocracy Ped`an·toc"ra·cy noun [ Pedant + demo cracy .] The sway of pedants. [ R.] J. S. Mill.
Pedantry Ped"ant·ry noun
[ Confer French pédanterie
.] The act, character, or manners of a pedant; vain ostentation of learning.
of quotation." Cowley.
'T is a practice that savors much of pedantry . Sir T. Browne.
Pedanty Ped"ant·y noun An assembly or clique of pedants. [ Obsolete] Milton.
Pedarian Pe·da"ri·an noun [ Latin pedarius , from pedarius belonging to the foot, from pes , pedis , foot.] (Rom. Antiq.) One of a class eligible to the office of senator, but not yet chosen, who could sit and speak in the senate, but could not vote; -- so called because he might indicate his opinion by walking over to the side of the party he favored when a vote was taken.
Pedary Ped"a·ry noun
; plural Pedaries
. [ Latin pedarius
of the foot.] A sandal.
[ Obsolete] Latimer.
Pedata Pe·da"ta noun plural [ New Latin See Pedate .] (Zoology) An order of holothurians, including those that have ambulacral suckers, or feet, and an internal gill.
Pedate Ped"ate adjective [ Latin pedatus , past participle of pedare to furnish with feet, from pes , pedis , a foot.] (Botany) Palmate, with the lateral lobes cleft into two or more segments; -- said of a leaf. -- Ped"ate*ly , adverb
Pedatifid Pe·dat"i·fid adjective [ Pedate + root of Latin findere to split.] [ Colloq.] Cleft in a pedate manner, but having the lobes distinctly connected at the base; -- said of a leaf.
Peddle Ped"dle intransitive verb [ From Peddler .] 1. To travel about with wares for sale; to go from place to place, or from house to house, for the purpose of retailing goods; as, to peddle without a license. 2. To do a small business; to be busy about trifles; to piddle.
Peddle Ped"dle transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Peddled ; present participle & verbal noun Peddling .] To sell from place to place; to retail by carrying around from customer to customer; to hawk; hence, to retail in very small quantities; as, to peddle vegetables or tinware.
Peddler Ped"dler noun [ Middle English pedlere , pedlare , also peddare , peoddare , from Middle English ped a basket, of unknown origin.] One who peddles; a traveling trader; one who travels about, retailing small wares; a hawker. [ Written also pedlar and pedler .] "Some vagabond huckster or peddler ." Hakluyt.
Peddlery Ped"dler·y noun [ Written also pedlary and pedlery .] 1. The trade, or the goods, of a peddler; hawking; small retail business, like that of a peddler. 2. Trifling; trickery. [ Obsolete] "Look . . . into these their deceitful peddleries ." Milton.
Peddling Ped"dling adjective 1. Hawking; acting as a peddler. 2. Petty; insignificant. "The miserable remains of a peddling commerce." Burke.
Pederast Ped"er·ast noun [ Greek paiderasth`s ; pai^s , paido`s , a boy + 'era^n to love: confer French pédéraste .] One guilty of pederasty; a sodomite.
Pederastic Ped`er·as"tic adjective [ Greek paiderastiko`s .] Of or pertaining to pederasty.
Pederasty Ped"er·as`ty noun [ Greek paiderasti`a : confer French pédérastie .] The crime against nature; sodomy.
Pederero Ped`e·re"ro noun [ Spanish pedrero , from OSp. pedra , Spanish piedra , a stone, Latin petra , from Greek .... So named because it was at first charged with stones.] (Mil.) A term formerly applied to a short piece of chambered ordnance. [ Written also paterero and peterero .]
Pedesis Pe·de"sis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... a leaping.] Same as Brownian movement , under Brownian .
Pedestal Ped"es·tal noun
[ Spanish pedestal
; confer French piédestal
, Italian piedestallo
; from Latin es
, foot + Old High German stal
standing place, station, place, akin to English stall
. See Foot
, and Stall
, and Footstall
.] 1. (Architecture) The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp, or the like; the part on which an upright work stands. It consists of three parts, the base, the die or dado, and the cornice or surbase molding. See Illust. of Column .
Build him a pedestal , and say, "Stand there!" Cowper. 2. (a) (Railroad Cars) A casting secured to the frame of a truck and forming a jaw for holding a journal box. (b) (Machinery) A pillow block; a low housing. (c) (Bridge Building) An iron socket, or support, for the foot of a brace at the end of a truss where it rests on a pier. Pedestal coil (steam Heating)
, a group of connected straight pipes arranged side by side and one above another, -- used in a radiator.
Pedestaled Ped"es·taled adjective Placed on, or supported by, a pedestal; figuratively, exalted. Hawthorne.
Pedestaled haply in a palace court. Keats.
Pedestrial Pe·des"tri·al adjective [ Latin pedester , -esteris , from pes , pedis , a foot: confer French pédestere . See Pedal .] Of or pertaining to the feet; employing the foot or feet.
Pedestrially Pe·des"tri·al·ly adverb In a pedestrial manner.
Pedestrian Pe·des"tri·an adjective Going on foot; performed on foot; as, a pedestrian journey.
Pedestrian Pe·des"tri·an noun A walker; one who journeys on foot; a foot traveler; specif., a professional walker or runner.
Pedestrianism Pe·des"tri·an·ism noun The act, art, or practice of a pedestrian; walking or running; traveling or racing on foot.
Pedestrianize Pe·des"tri·an·ize intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Pedestrianized ; present participle & verbal noun Pedestrianizing .] To practice walking; to travel on foot.
Pedestrious Pe·des"tri·ous adjective Going on foot; not winged. [ Obsolete] " Pedestrious animals." Sir T. Browne.
Pedetentous Ped`e·ten"tous adjective
[ Latin pes
, foot + tendere
to stretch out: confer Latin tentim
by degrees.] Proceeding step by step; advancing cautiously.
That pedetentous pace and pedetentous mind in which it behooves the wise and virtuous improver to walk. Sydney Smith.
Pedi-, Pedo- Ped"i-, Ped"o- [ See Foot .] Combining forms from Latin pes , pedis , foot, as pedi palp, pedi reme, pedo meter.
Pedial Pe"di·al adjective Pertaining to the foot, or to any organ called a foot; pedal. Dana.
Pediatric Ped`i·at"ric (pĕd`ĭ*ăt"rĭk or pēd`ĭ*ăt"rĭk) adjective [ Greek pai^s , paido`s , child + 'iatrei`a healing.] (Medicine) Pertaining to the care and medical treatment of children.
[ Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Pediatrics Ped`i·at"rics noun That branch of medical science which treats of the hygiene and diseases of children.
Pedicel Ped"i·cel noun [ French pédicelle . See Pedicle .] 1. (Botany) (a) A stalk which supports one flower or fruit, whether solitary or one of many ultimate divisions of a common peduncle. See Peduncle , and Illust. of Flower . (b) A slender support of any special organ, as that of a capsule in mosses, an air vesicle in algæ, or a sporangium in ferns. 2. (Zoology) A slender stem by which certain of the lower animals or their eggs are attached. See Illust. of Aphis lion . 3. (Anat.) (a) The ventral part of each side of the neural arch connecting with the centrum of a vertebra. (b) An outgrowth of the frontal bones, which supports the antlers or horns in deer and allied animals.
Pediceled Ped"i·celed adjective Pedicellate.
Pedicellaria Ped`i·cel·la"ri·a noun
; plural Pedicellariæ
. [ New Latin See Pedicel
.] (Zoology) A peculiar forcepslike organ which occurs in large numbers upon starfishes and echini. Those of starfishes have two movable jaws, or blades, and are usually nearly, or quite, sessile; those of echini usually have three jaws and a pedicel. See Illustration in Appendix.
Pedicellate Ped"i·cel`late adjective Having a pedicel; supported by a pedicel.
Pedicellina Ped`i·cel·li"na noun [ New Latin See Pedicel .] (Zoology) A genus of Bryozoa, of the order Entoprocta, having a bell-shaped body supported on a slender pedicel. See Illust. under Entoprocta .
Pedicle Ped"i·cle noun [ Latin pediculus a little foot, dim. of pes foot: confer French pédicule . See edal , and confer Pedicel .] Same as Pedicel .