fulcrum

Part of speech: noun

The support on which a lever rests.

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Usage examples "fulcrum":

  1. She flung her good muscles and her substantial weight so fiercely into that effort that the shaft snapped at its fulcrum- but not until it had done its work. - "A Pagan of the Hills", Charles Neville Buck.
  2. In levers of the first class the fulcrum occupies a position somewhere between the power and the weight. - "Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools", Francis M. Walters, A.M..
  3. Bob came behind the Indian, grasped him by the chin, and with his knee in the small of the Cahuilla's back as a fulcrum, gently pried him away from his victim and held him fast. - "The Long Chance", Peter B. Kyne.