• IPA: /ˈfʌlk.ɹəm/
  • (British) also IPA: /ˈfʊlk.ɹəm/

fulcrum (plural fulcrums)

  1. (mechanics) 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.
    • 2010, John Allison, Bad Machinery ↗
      MILDRED: Archimedes said give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I will move the world.
      CHARLOTTE: Yeah she said that twaddle eight or nine times.
  2. (figurative) A crux or pivot; a central point.
    • 2006, Rebecca Langlands, Sexual Morality in Ancient Rome (page 119)
      By this point the fulcrum of concern is the stuprum of men upon men, described as more prevalent than that upon women.
Proper noun
  1. (military) NATO code name for the Soviet MiG-29 aircraft.

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