- 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 erg1
- a vast area covered with sand and shifting dunes, as parts of the Sahara Desert.
Origin of erg2
- a combining form meaning “work”: ergograph.
Origin of ergo-1
Examples from the Web for 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.Standard Selections
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 erg travel.
These buildings skirt the gardens outside the Erg Palace on the south and east.At the Court of the Amr
John Alfred Gray
And it has great energy, and will expend every erg of that energy of existence to continue existence.Invaders from the Infinite
John Wood Campbell
- the cgs unit of work or energy. 1 erg is equivalent to 10 –7 joule
- an area of shifting sand dunes in a desert, esp the Sahara
- informal short for ergometer (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for erg
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.)).
"region of drifting sand dunes," 1875, from French erg (1854), from North African Arabic 'irj, from a Berber word.
- 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.
- 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.