Definition of ergonomics in English:

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ergonomics

Pronunciation: /ˌərɡəˈnämiks/

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The study of people’s efficiency in their working environment.
Example sentences
  • Have fun while learning about gravity, anatomy, ergonomics, and social dynamics!
  • To designers, though, ergonomics means comfortable efficiency - an excellent goal.
  • Along with ergonomics, precision and efficiency have become important issues as well.

Derivatives

ergonomist

Pronunciation: /ərˈɡänəməst/
noun
Example sentences
  • In general it will become more ‘lean back’ - the ergonomist's description of the human posture with TV - rather than ‘lean forward’, which is what PCs demand at the present.
  • For the ergonomist or architect, the task is to understand the nature of the work and the best conditions for doing it, and then to design round these criteria.
  • Claims that a product is ergonomically designed need to be backed up by evidence that qualified ergonomists have contributed to the analysis, design, testing, and evaluation.

Origin

1950s: from Greek ergon 'work', on the pattern of economics.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: er·go·nom·ics

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