erg

1 of 2

noun

: a centimeter-gram-second unit of work equal to the work done by a force of one dyne acting through a distance of one centimeter and equivalent to 10−7 joule

erg-

2 of 2

combining form

variants or ergo-
: work
ergometer

Example Sentences

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Noun
Eager to ditch the solitude of using the erg in her host family’s basement, Chase joined teammates including Kara Kohler, Megan Kalmoe and Tracy Eisser for bike rides. Olivia Reiner, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 The density of dark energy has been measured to be about 100-millionth of an erg per cubic centimeter. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2021 From December 19-21, Rett had logged 62 consecutive hours of rowing on an indoor erg machine. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 15 Jan. 2020 My first step before hitting the water was to learn the movements on an indoor rower called an erg, which is basically a handy machine that conveniently quantifies your lack of skill in numbers on a screen. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, 11 May 2018 ERGs are an important part of Prophet’s overall strategy. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 14 July 2017 Thus the total output of the sun in its life will be about 1051 erg. Alexis Madrigal, WIRED, 23 Feb. 2010 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Greek ergon work — more at work

Combining form

Greek, from ergon

First Known Use

Noun

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of erg was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Erg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erg. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

erg

noun
: a centimeter-gram-second unit of work equal to the work done by a force of one dyne acting through a distance of one centimeter and equal to one ten-millionth joule

Medical Definition

erg

1 of 2 noun
: a cgs unit of work equal to the work done by a force of one dyne acting through a distance of one centimeter and equivalent to 10−7 joule

ERG

2 of 2 abbreviation
electroretinogram

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