noun \ˈfl-krəm, ˈfəl-\

: the support on which a lever moves when it is used to lift something

plural fulcrums or ful·cra \-krə\

Full Definition of FULCRUM

a :  prop; specifically :  the support about which a lever turns
b :  one that supplies capability for action
:  a part of an animal that serves as a hinge or support

Origin of FULCRUM

Late Latin, from Latin, bedpost, from fulcire to prop — more at balk
First Known Use: 1668

Other Physics Terms

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