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

Essential Meaning of ergonomics

1 : a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely
2 : the parts or qualities of something's design that make it easy to use Ergonomics are a crucial consideration when designing an office The car's ergonomics are outstanding.

Full 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

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 But the arched roof dictates some of the interior ergonomics, placing the dashboard unusually high against the windscreen. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 26 Sep. 2021 In fact, ergonomics was developed for military planes. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 6 Dec. 2021 Until 2017, the first and only time it was used to block a rule was at the start of President George W. Bush’s term, to block a Clinton administration Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration rule on ergonomics to which nobody paid much mind. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 10 Dec. 2021 Logitech traditionally did not have much of a focus on ergonomics, for example, and now the company has a great focus on them, enabling them to compete around the edges. Dean Debiase, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 The original Albert was built to test the ergonomics of the central seat driving position, evaluating visibility and rear-view camera positioning. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 5 Aug. 2021 This helped to get the right ergonomics and safety features, such as handholds and footrests, while guaranteeing plenty of space. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 5 Nov. 2021 In 1945 the federal government’s Artificial Limb Program built the foundation for modern prosthetics research by producing new knowledge about ergonomics and plastic socket designs. Britt H. Young, Wired, 26 Oct. 2021 The health and fitness facet of wellness design includes home features that support healthy eating, better sleep, exercise, recovery, ergonomics and hygiene. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 15 June 2021

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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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“Ergonomics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ergonomics. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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ergonomics

noun, plural in form 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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