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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.
An extensive area of desert covered with shifting sand dunes.
[Colloquial Arabic (Maghrebi dialect) 'arq, 'arg, from Arabic 'irq, vein, small mountain, thin tract of sand extending along the ground (in reference to the veinlike appearance of the dunes); see ʕrq in Semitic roots.]
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(Units) the cgs unit of work or energy. 1 erg is equivalent to 10–7 joule
[C19: from Greek ergon work]
n, pl ergs or areg
(Physical Geography) an area of shifting sand dunes in a desert, esp the Sahara
[C19: from Arabic `irj]
(Rowing) informal short for ergometer2
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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.
[1870–75; < Greek érgon work]
var. of ergo- 1 before a vowel: ergodic.
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A unit used to measure energy or work, equal to the force of one dyne over a distance of one centimeter. This unit has been mostly replaced by the joule.
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1. An area in a desert where there are shifting sand dunes, for example in the Sahara.
2. A unit of energy equal to the energy produced by a force of 1 dyne acting through a distance of 1 cm. Replaced in the inernational system by the joule (J): 1 erg = 10-7 J.
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n → Erg nt
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