Fulcrum

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English

Noun

Fulcrum (plural Fulcrums or fulcra)
  1. (mechanics) The support about which a lever pivots.
    It is possible to flick food across the table using your fork as a lever and your finger as a fulcrum.
    • 2010, John Allison, Bad Machinery
      MILDRED: Archimedes said give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I will move the world.
      CHARLOTTE: Yeah she said that twaddle eight or nine times.

Thesaurus

advocate, alpenstock, arbor, arm, athletic supporter, axis, axle, axle bar, axle shaft, axle spindle, axle-tree, back, backbone, backing, bandeau, bearer, bearing, bra, brace, bracer, bracket, brassiere, buttress, cane, carrier, cervix, corset, crook, crutch, distaff, foundation garment, gimbal, girdle, gudgeon, guy, guywire, hinge, hingle, hub, jock, jockstrap, mainstay, maintainer, mandrel, mast, nave, neck, oarlock, pin, pintle, pivot, pole, prop, radiant, reinforce, reinforcement, reinforcer, rest, resting place, resting point, rigging, rowlock, shoulder, shroud, spindle, spine, sprit, staff, standing rigging, stave, stay, stick, stiffener, strengthener, support, supporter, sustainer, swivel, thole, tholepin, trunnion, upholder, walking stick

Etymology

From Latin fulcrum (bedpost, foot of a couch), from fulciō (prop up, support).

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Latin

Noun

fulcrum (genitive fulcrī); n, second declension

  1. bedpost
  2. foot (of a couch)
  3. couch

Descendants