Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Also called biotechnology, human engineering, human factors engineering.
  • n. Design factors, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by minimizing operator fatigue and discomfort: The ergonomics of the new office were felt to be optimal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The science of the design of equipment, especially so as to reduce operator fatigue, discomfort and injury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. biological science applied to study the relation between workers and their environments.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments

Etymologies

Greek ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots + (eco)nomics.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined in 1950 from Ancient Greek ἔργον (ergon, "work") + economics (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • However functionality and ergonomics is very important while designing.

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  • I keep seeing these features about how to raise the laptop or monitor to eye level but my understanding of ergonomics is that you actually want the monitor to be * lower* than eye level.

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  • But Gehry has stamped the building not just with his distinctive formal whimsy, but with his insight into what might be called the ergonomics of cultural institutions.

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  • After that, he just went around babbling about cognitive ergonomics, which is something to do with office furniture for Godless yuppies.

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  • Even for someone who is ambivalent about the adoption of an ergonomics standard, calling ergonomics "flawed science" is fightin 'words ...

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  • Style can refer to ease of use and ergonomics - in other words, how something fits into a person's life.

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  • She also was studying to earn minors in mathematics, human factors (also known as ergonomics) and psychology.

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  • It's really solid, well made, and the ergonomics are a dream.

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  • Frankly, I would strongly - although not entirely - take a lot of "ergonomics" with a grain of salt.

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  • He repealed Clinton-era "ergonomics" standards, affecting more than 100 million workers, that would have forced companies to alter their work stations, redesign their facilities or change their tools and equipment if employees suffered serious work-related injuries from repetitive motions.

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