- the support, or point of rest, on which a lever turns in moving a body.
- any prop or support.
- Zoology. any of various structures in an animal serving as a hinge or support.
- to fit with a fulcrum; put a fulcrum on.
Origin of fulcrum
Examples from the Web for fulcrum
Less than 18 months after the 2012 election, the fulcrum of American politics rests once again in Central Florida.Florida’s Midterm Warm Up
March 11, 2014
It is, for these two sons, both born in 1964, the fulcrum for their great labors.Michael Hainey and Aleksandar Hemon’s Chicago Dreams
March 3, 2013
The lever of dissent has to be long, and the fulcrum—the immovable determination of the American president—has to be steady.
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
The paper was, as Gleick writes, “a fulcrum around which the world began to turn.”Drowning in Beeps
March 1, 2011
Here's the heap of stone he used as a fulcrum for his lever.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Archimedes said he could lift the world with a lever if he had a fulcrum.
Put a spool over the nail which was your fulcrum in the first two experiments.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
I discovered that my soul had been using it daily as a kind of fulcrum for all things.The Voice of the Machines
Gerald Stanley Lee
He had got a “fulcrum for his lever,” and he was not slow in using it.The Boy Hunters
Captain Mayne Reid
- the pivot about which a lever turns
- something that supports or sustains; prop
- a spinelike scale occurring in rows along the anterior edge of the fins in primitive bony fishes such as the sturgeon
Word Origin and History for fulcrum
1670s, "a prop, a support" (on which a lever turns), from Latin fulcrum "bedpost," from fulcire "to prop up, support" (see balk).
- The point or support on which a lever pivots.
- An anatomical structure that acts as a hinge or point of support.
- The point or support on which a lever turns. The position of the fulcrum, relative to the positions of the load and effort, determines the type of lever.
The point on which a lever is balanced when a force is exerted.