EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Physics the centimeter-gram-second unit of work or energy, equal to the work done by a force of one dyne when its point of application moves through a distance of one centimeter in the direction of the force; 10− 7 joule. Origin of erg 1 1870–75;
Greek érgon work noun . Geology a vast area covered with sand and shifting dunes, as parts of the Sahara Desert. Origin of erg 2 1870–75; < French < Arabic ʾirq a combining form meaning “work”: ergograph.
, especially before a vowel erg-. Origin of ergo- 1
combining form representing
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Examples from the Web for erg Historical Examples of erg
Ef I ax fer er million er money, hit 'u'd be 'cause I'd natch'ly want ter quit work, an' dat's
erg'in' his law.
They are as the sands of the
erg, and they have the weapons of the djinn, as each man knows.
He could make more time now when less of his attention was drawn to the ups and downs of
These buildings skirt the gardens outside the
Erg Palace on the south and east.
And it has great en
ergy, and will expend every erg of that en ergy of existence to continue existence. British Dictionary definitions for erg noun the cgs unit of work or energy. 1 erg is equivalent to 10 –7 joule Word Origin for erg
C19: from Greek
ergon work noun plural ergs or areg an area of shifting sand dunes in a desert, esp the Sahara Word Origin for erg
C19: from Arabic
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Word Origin and History for erg n.1
unit of energy in the C.G.S. system, coined 1873 by the British Association for the Advancement of Science from Greek
ergon "work" (see urge (v.)). n.2
"region of drifting sand dunes," 1875, from French
erg (1854), from North African Arabic 'irj, from a Berber word.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
n. The centimeter-gram-second unit of energy or work equal to the work done by a force of one dyne acting over a distance of one centimeter.
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The unit of energy or work in the centimeter-gram-second system, equal to the force of one dyne over a distance of one centimeter. This unit has been mostly replaced by the joule. An extensive area of desert covered with shifting sand dunes.
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