What does fulcrum mean?

Definitions for fulcrum
ˈfʊl krəm, ˈfʌl-ful·crum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fulcrumnoun

    the pivot about which a lever turns


  1. fulcrumnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From fulcrum, from fulcio.

  2. Fulcrumnoun

    NATO code name for the Soviet MiG-29 aircraft.

    Etymology: From fulcrum, from fulcio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fulcrumnoun

    a prop or support

    Etymology: [L., bedpost, fr. fulcire to prop.]

  2. Fulcrumnoun

    that by which a lever is sustained, or about which it turns in lifting or moving a body

    Etymology: [L., bedpost, fr. fulcire to prop.]

  3. Fulcrumnoun

    an accessory organ such as a tendril, stipule, spine, and the like

    Etymology: [L., bedpost, fr. fulcire to prop.]

  4. Fulcrumnoun

    the horny inferior surface of the lingua of certain insects

    Etymology: [L., bedpost, fr. fulcire to prop.]

  5. Fulcrumnoun

    one of the small, spiniform scales found on the front edge of the dorsal and caudal fins of many ganoid fishes

    Etymology: [L., bedpost, fr. fulcire to prop.]

  6. Fulcrumnoun

    the connective tissue supporting the framework of the retina of the eye

    Etymology: [L., bedpost, fr. fulcire to prop.]


  1. Fulcrum

    The Fulcrum is the English language student newspaper at the University of Ottawa. The paper dates back to 1942 and co-exists on the bilingual campus with La Rotonde, the University of Ottawa's French newspaper. The two newspapers are not simply translated copies of the same material, rather, the two are completely separate—and sometimes rivalling—entities. The newspaper covers news, arts and culture, and sports information relevant to University of Ottawa students and nearby community, and contains a feature article each week. It is published weekly during the school year and less regularly during exam and break periods. By tradition, the last issue published contains a parody publication within; the parody at the end of the 2007 school year, for example, was FulPress; a parody of the Ottawa Xpress. The Fulcrum is a member of the Canadian University Press, and recently hosted CUP 70 in January, 2008. At CUP 71, held in Saskatoon during January 2009, the Fulcrum officially became the sister paper of the Muse at Memorial University.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fulcrum

    ful′krum, n. (mech.) the prop or fixed point on which a lever moves: a prop:—pl. Ful′crums, Ful′cra.—adj. Ful′crate, supported with fulcrums. [L. fulcrum, a prop, fulcīre, to prop.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. fulcrum

    The prop or support of a lever in lifting or removing a heavy body.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. fulcrum

    A cast-iron post at the breech of large cannon used as a support for an iron bar in giving elevations; called also ratchet post.


  1. Fulcrum

    the chitinous envelope at the base of mouth in Diptera and Hymenoptera, covering the beginning of the oesophagus: any structure that serves as a support to another..

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fulcrum in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fulcrum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of fulcrum in a Sentence

  1. Archimedes:

    Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

  2. John Dean:

    There comes a time in each life like a point of fulcrum. At that time you must accept yourself. It is not any more what you will become. It is what you are and always will be.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Civil disobedience is a lever which can move the world by using peace as a fulcrum.

  4. Paul Hokemeyer:

    We must use this election as a pushing off point, a fulcrum to channel our individual and societal resiliency.

  5. Henri-Frédéric Amiel:

    The obscure only exists that it may cease to exist. In it lies the opportunity of all victory and all progress. Whether it call itself fatality, death, night, or matter, it is the pedestal of life, of light, of liberty and the spirit. For it represents resistance -- that is to say, the fulcrum of all activity, the occasion for its development and its triumph.

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