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Friday, May 04, 2012

fulcrum

\FOOL-kruhm\ , noun;
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.
verb:
1.
To fit with a fulcrum; put a fulcrum on.
Quotes:
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:
Fulcrum originally referred to a bed post from the Latin word fulcire meaning "to prop up."
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