[ ur-guh-nom-iks ]
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noun(used with a singular or plural verb)

Origin of ergonomics

1945–50; ergo-1 + -nomics (see -nomy, -ics) on the model of agronomics, bionomics, etc.

Grammar notes for ergonomics

See -ics.

Other words from ergonomics

  • er·go·nom·ic, er·go·no·met·ric [ur-guh-nuh-me-trik], /ˌɜr gə nəˈmɛ trɪk/, adjective
  • er·go·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • er·gon·o·mist [ur-gon-uh-mist], /ɜrˈgɒn ə mɪst/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for ergonomics


/ (ˌɜːɡəˈnɒmɪks) /

  1. (functioning as singular) the study of the relationship between workers and their environment, esp the equipment they use: Also called: biotechnology

Origin of ergonomics

C20: from Greek ergon work + (eco) nomics

Derived forms of ergonomics

  • ergonomist (ɜːˈɡɒnəmɪst), noun

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Scientific definitions for ergonomics


[ ûr′gə-nŏmĭks ]

  1. The scientific study of equipment design, as in office furniture or transportation seating, for the purpose of improving efficiency, comfort, or safety.

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Cultural definitions for ergonomics


[ (ur-guh-nom-iks) ]

The technology concerned with the design, manufacture, and arrangement of products and environments to be safe, healthy, and comfortable for human beings.

Notes for ergonomics

The term is most often encountered in discussions of the design of furniture, tools, and other things built to be used by humans.

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