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Wednesday, September 8

Fulcrum

[FUHL-krəm]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, late 17th century

1.

A thing that plays a central or essential role in an activity, event, or situation.

2.

The point on which a lever rests or is supported and on which it pivots.

Examples of Fulcrum in a sentence

"His relationship with his wife was the true fulcrum of his life experience."

"Levers are a simple, comprehensible way to study how fulcrums work."

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About Fulcrum

This word comes from the Latin “fulcrum,” meaning “bedpost, foot of a couch. Stems from “fulcire,” meaning “to prop up, support.”

Did you Know?

Zoologists sometimes use the word “fulcrum” to describe an animal’s joint that serves as a support or hinge, such as the one in a bird’s wing.

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