See also: Fulcrum
- (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.
- 2012 March 1, Henry Petroski, “Opening Doors”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 112-3:
- A doorknob of whatever roundish shape is effectively a continuum of levers, with the axis of the latching mechanism—known as the spindle—being the fulcrum about which the turning takes place.
support about which a lever pivots
Second declension neuter.