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Definition of "ergonomics" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ergonomics" in a sentence
  • "However functionality and ergonomics is very important while designing."
  • "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."
  • "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."