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fulcrum

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noun ful·crum \ˈfu̇l-krəm, ˈfəl-\

Simple Definition of fulcrum

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

Full Definition of fulcrum

plural fulcrums or ful·cra play \-krə\

  1. 1 a :  prop; specifically :  the support about which a lever turns b :  one that supplies capability for action

  2. 2 :  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


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