ped-, pedi-, -pedal, -ped, -pede, -pedia

(Latin: foot, feet; people often see this ped element in other words. When people refer to "pedal extremities", they mean "feet". When anyone pushes the pedals of a bicycle, it is done with the feet. A pedestrian must use the feet for walking. A quadruped has four feet while a centipede has "100 feet"; or a large number of them because it may be impossible to count all of them.)

impedimentum (s) (noun), impedimenta (pl)
Things which encumber progress; such as, baggage or traveling equipment: Jane had to determine what would be the impedimenta of clothes, toys, etc. of her children before she could pack their two suitcases for the trip to visit their grandparents.

James first had to put away all the impedimenta on his desk; including papers, pencils, rulers, paperclips, notebooks, etc., before his new computer was brought to his room and set up.

Noise is a real problem.
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That which impedes or obstructs; hindering.
The branch from the small tree is impeding a man.
The branch from the shrub is impeding the man as he is running with his dog.

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The quality or condition of being inexpedient; disadvantageousness, unadvisableness.
1. Not expedient; not suitable, not judicious, nor advisable.
2. Not convenient or practical.
3. Inadvisable; not recommended or prudent (formal usage).
In an expedient manner.
lassipedes (pl) (noun)
Tired feet.
longipedate, longipede
Any member of the arthropod class Diaplopoda with a cylindrical and segmented body, each segment having two pairs of short legs, of which there may be several hundred altogether in some species.

Millipedes are vegetarian and, in contrast with centipedes, lack poison glands, although most kinds produce irritating fluids that repel predation by birds.

multiped, multipede; multipedal
1. Having many feet; such as, animals or insects.
2. An insect having many feet; such as, a polyped or a myriapod.
A multipede having a snack.
A multiped is having a snack.

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obstacle, impediment
obstacle (AHB stuh kuhl) (noun)
An obstruction standing in the way of achievement or progress: The rainy weather is an obstacle to George's camping trip.

The route for the race was well planned with one major obstacle about half way through the course.

Being short was never an obstacle to Jerry's success as a singer.

impediment (im PED uh muhnt) (noun)
That which is a hindrance or a bar to the successful achievement of something: Andrew's sprained ankle should not be an impediment to his attending the ceremonies at school.

Karin worked hard to overcome the impediment of a lisp in her speech.

Bonita figured the mountain was just another impediment. She was determined that there would be no obstacle to her summer hiking vacation.

An eight-footed animal or thing.
palmiped, palmipede
A web-footed bird.
1. In the game of chess, one of eight men of one color and of the lowest value, usually moved one square at a time vertically and capturing diagonally.

A "lowly chess piece" is from about 1369, from Anglo-French poun, Old French peon, and earlier pehon; which came from Middle Latin pedonem, "foot soldier" from Late Latin pedonem, "one going on foot", which in turn came from Latin pes, "foot". The application of the chess sense existed in Old French by the 13th century.

2. Someone who is used or manipulated to further another person's purposes.
3. Borrowing and leaving an article as security for repayment of a loan.
1. A lever worked by the foot, in various musical instruments, and with various functions.
2. Of, pertaining to, or connected with the foot or feet.
3. To work the pedals of a bicycle, etc. so as to propel it.
pedal, pedal, peddle, petal
pedal (PED'l) (noun)
1. The foot treadle or leaver that is pressed down to activate the attached machinery: Trisha pumped the pedal of the organ so it could be played.

The pedal on his grandmother's sewing machine was fun for Andrew to use.

2. A lever set in motion for circular drive; treadle: When using her grandmother's old sewing machine, Bonita used her right foot to press on the pedal which made the whole thing work.
pedal (PED'l) (verb)
To operate a bicycle using the feet: Josie was going to pedal her bicycle home but she was too tired and decided to push it instead.
peddle (PED'l) (verb)
To travel from place to place with items for sale: Doug's aunt used to peddle household cleaning products in the neighborhood by going from house to house.
petal (PET'l) (noun)
One of the leaves of a flower: The pink petal from the rosebush fell off and was floating on a puddle of water.

After Jeremy decided to peddle the produce from his garden in town, he realized he would have to pedal his bicycle up the hill and as he brushed next to the rosebushes, he discovered some pink petals on his pants.


Keep in mind that all of the ped words which you see in English are not always from the Latin "foot" or "feet". There are also some Greek ped words in English which do not mean "foot"! So, don't confuse this Latin element with a Greek pedo- that means "child" or the Greek pedo- which means "ground, soil".

If you want to leave footprints in the sands of time, don’t drag your feet.


For more information about ped-, or "foot, feet" words, click on this expeditious, expedite link.

Related "foot, feet" units: melo-; planta-; podo-; -pus.