ergo-, erg-

(Greek: work)

Also see the urg- words that have been "transformed" from the basic elements of this unit.

ergophilous (noun), more ergophilous, most ergophilous
A special love or desire for working: In the summer, Susan was always in an ergophilous mood to go out into her garden and tend to all the necessary jobs to make her garden a wonderful place to be.
Treatment of disease by muscular exercise or work.
ergotocracy (s) (noun), ergotocracies (pl)
The government of a national area which is controlled by workers or those who are in the working classes: Mr. Smart asked his students if there were some federal regions that were regulated by laborers, or where the laborers determined the laws themselves.
George (s) (proper noun)
1. A male personal name: Tom and Jill gave their first son the name George.

The name George was introduced in England by the Crusaders (a vision of St. George played a key role in the First Crusade), but not common until after the Hanoverian succession (18th century), so also "Georgian" (1855) in reference to the reigns of the first four king Georges (1714-1830).

St. George began to be recognized as a patron of England in the time of Edward III, perhaps because of his association with the Order of the Garter.
2. Etymology: from Latin Georgius, from Greek Georgios, "husbandman, farmer"; from ge-, "earth" + ergon, "work".

ignition energy
The amount of external energy which must be applied in order to ignite a combustible fuel mixture.
stigmergy (s), stigmergies (pl) (nouns)
1. The process by which unorganized actions of individuals serve as stimuli to the actions of other individuals, and usually result in a single outcome: "Stigmergy is a mechanism of indirect coordination between agents or actions with the principle being that the trace left in the environment by an action stimulates the performance of a next action with the same or a different agent."
2. A group of individuals who collectively behave as a sole entity: "The world-wide web is considered to be human stigmergy."

Ant trails and nest building are accomplished by using stigmergy."


Cross references related to "work, toil" word families: argo-; ergasio-; labor-; oper-; pono-; urg-.