Definition of fulcrum
fulcraplay \ˈfu̇l-krə, ˈfəl-\
1a : prop; specifically : the support about which a lever turns the camera moves on a fixed fulcrum, either horizontally (panning) or vertically (tilting) — Gerald Mastb : one that supplies capability for action he is … the reader's eyes and ears and the fulcrum of his judgment — Bernard De Voto
2 : a part of an animal that serves as a hinge or support
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Recent Examples of fulcrum from the Web
Instead, isolating repeal from replace could serve as a fulcrum against which to accomplish the second goal.
There's talent all over this team, namely midfield fulcrum Julian Draxler, and Low has the team playing with an understanding and togetherness that's simply frightening to watch in action.
Rookie first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger, who homered twice off lefties Tuesday, is now the club’s offensive fulcrum.
But what’s the fulcrum between practicality and passion?
A costume party without a holiday fulcrum is tricky.
These aspects of art are best nurtured not in the hot fulcrum of public discourse but in the deeper recesses of the artist’s mind and spirit, where the transformation of lived experience into aesthetic response takes place.
One of the best opportunities, a fulcrum that can provide the leverage to elevate rural economies, is in local colleges.
In the event that Judge Garland's confirmation had been confirmed, Kennedy would have likely ceased to be the fulcrum of a 5-4 conservative majority on the Court.
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Did You Know?
Fulcrum, a word that means "bedpost" in Latin, derives from the verb "fulcire," which means "to prop." When the word first appeared in English in the middle of the 17th century, "fulcrum" referred to the point on which a lever or similar device (such as the oar of a boat) is supported. It did not take long for the word to develop a figurative sense, referring to something used as a spur or justification to support a certain action. In zoology, "fulcrum" can also refer to a part of an animal that serves as a hinge or support, such as the joint supporting a bird's wing.
FULCRUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fulcrum for English Language Learners
: the support on which a lever moves when it is used to lift something
FULCRUM Defined for Kids
Definition of fulcrum for Students
: the support on which a lever turns in lifting something
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