er·​go·​nom·​ics | \ ˌər-gə-ˈnä-miks How to pronounce ergonomics (audio) \

Definition of ergonomics

1 : an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely

called also biotechnology, human engineering, human factors

2 : the design characteristics of an object resulting especially from the application of the science of ergonomics

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Other Words from ergonomics

ergonomic \ ˌər-​gə-​ˈnä-​mik How to pronounce ergonomics (audio) \ adjective
ergonomically \ ˌər-​gə-​ˈnä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ergonomics (audio) \ adverb
ergonomist \ (ˌ)ər-​ˈgä-​nə-​mist How to pronounce ergonomics (audio) \ noun

Examples of ergonomics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each was chosen based on its overall design, quality of construction and materials, ergonomics, and price. Jim Cobb, Field & Stream, "6 of The Best Bushcraft Knives Available Today," 31 Dec. 2020 One is that there are more varieties than ever, including one actually designed for the ergonomics of the human hand — and another targeting photographers. Washington Post, "It’s okay if you weren’t paying attention to gadgets in 2020. Here are the best ones you missed.," 30 Nov. 2020 Find the best distance-learning setup for your child: If your child is suffering from a fall semester with less-than-ideal ergonomics, think about making some tweaks. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "As stay-at-home restrictions rise, here are ways to cope," 2 Dec. 2020 The stock incorporates modern lines and efficiency, and the ergonomics are wonderful. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "The Savage A22 BNS-SR Brings “Real Rifle Feel” in a .22 LR Platform," 28 Nov. 2020 At first glance, the ergonomics on the cell phone-sized GRIII appear to be nothing special. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Here are the best compact cameras for 2021," 25 Nov. 2020 The phone feels like it was made without any respect to ergonomics, hand size, pocket-size, or anything that makes a good Android phone. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Surface Duo review—Orphaned Windows hardware makes a poor Android device," 16 Oct. 2020 Attention to ergonomics can reduce damage or injury to the body -- and promote creative flow and productivity. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "It’s okay to take a break: Sun Messages," 28 Sep. 2020 This keyboard does, however, include a number pad, which isn't ideal for ergonomics. Whitson Gordon, NBC News, "Best keyboards 2020: 5 best keyboards for gaming, working and more," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ergonomics

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ergonomics

erg- + -nomics (as in economics)

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The first known use of ergonomics was in 1949

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11 Jan 2021

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“Ergonomics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ergonomics. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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ergonomics

noun
How to pronounce ergonomics (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ergonomics

: a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely
: the parts or qualities of something's design that make it easy to use

ergonomics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
er·​go·​nom·​ics | \ ˌər-gə-ˈnäm-iks How to pronounce ergonomics (audio) \

Medical Definition of ergonomics

1 : an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely

called also human engineering, human factors engineering

2 : the design characteristics of an object resulting especially from the application of the science of ergonomics

Other Words from ergonomics

ergonomic \ -​ik How to pronounce ergonomics (audio) \ adjective
ergonomically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ergonomics (audio) \ adverb

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