erg

noun
\ ˈərg \

Definition of erg 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

variants: or ergo-

Definition of erg- (Entry 2 of 2)

: work ergometer

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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, "I tried to row with the Louisville Cardinals and nearly broke the boat," 11 May 2018 ERGs are an important part of Prophet’s overall strategy. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Facebook to Unveil Wireless VR Headset for the Masses," 14 July 2017 Thus the total output of the sun in its life will be about 1051 erg. Alexis Madrigal, WIRED, "Feb. 23, 1987: ‘Quintessential’ Supernova Bursts on the Scene," 23 Feb. 2010

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First Known Use of erg

Noun

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for erg

Noun

Greek ergon work — more at work

Combining form

Greek, from ergon

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erg

noun
\ ˈərg \

Medical Definition of erg 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Medical Definition of ERG (Entry 2 of 2)

electroretinogram

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