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Friday, May 04, 2012

Definitions for fulcrum

  1. The support, or point of rest, on which a lever turns.
  2. Any prop or support.
  3. Zoology. Any of various structures in an animal serving as a hinge or support.

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Citations for fulcrum
An equal partnership is like a see-saw that sits on a fulcrum. There is a balance of power when one partner gives in and then the other does likewise. Shirley Gunstream Poland, Hearing the Silent Cries
A storm of plans, each one trying to make me into a fulcrum. Steven Erikson, Memories of Ice
Origin of fulcrum
1665-1675
Fulcrum originally referred to a bed post from the Latin word fulcire meaning "to prop up."