nounWord forms: plural ˈfulcrums or ˈfulcra (ˈfʊlkrə
; foolˈkrə; ˈfʌlkrə
a. the support or point of support on which a lever turns in raising or moving something
b. Zoology any structure that supports or acts like a fulcrum
2. a means of exerting influence, pressure, etc.
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Word origin of 'fulcrum'
L, bedpost, support, akin to fulcire
: see balk