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human engineering

an applied science that coordinates the design of devices, systems, and physical working conditions with the capacities and requirements of the worker.
Also called ergonomics, human-factors engineering
[hyoo-muh n fak-terz or, often, yoo‐] /ˈhyu mən ˌfæk tərz or, often, ˈyu‐/ (Show IPA)
Origin of human engineering
An Americanism dating back to 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And, as in human engineering and the work of the ant, the earthworm doesn't throw the dirt around carelessly.

  • The colonels quiet mastery in moments of stress was perhaps the most interesting phase of his human engineering.

    Heroes of To-Day Mary R. Parkman
  • The success of any large enterprise depends above everything else on the skilful handling of the problems of human engineering.

    Heroes of To-Day Mary R. Parkman
  • Rising from the bed of the sea sixty-six feet, it is firm enough to bear up fortresses strong as human engineering can rear.

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