• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ergograph An instrument for measuring and recording the work done by a single muscle or set of muscles, the rate of fatigue, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ergograph An instrument for recording muscular work; a recording dynamometer or ergometer: used especially in the study of muscular fatigue. The work recorded by the ergographs ordinarily employed is that done by a single finger pressing against a spring or pulling against a weight. In Mosso's instrument, the earliest form of the ergograph, there are three principal parts: the padded arm-rest, with arm-straps and brass tubes which hold the unused fingers in position; the weights, attached to a cord which passes over a pulley to a finger-cap adjusted to the lifting finger; and the recording carriage, which moves between metal guides with the movement of finger and spring, and carries a writing-point by which the ergogram or work-record is traced upon the smoked surface of a kymograph drum. An ergograph of this type is termed a weight ergograph. In other forms of the instrument, the compression of a spring replaces the pull-up of the weight: spring ergographs have been devised, for example, by Cattell and Binet. In yet other forms, among which Meumann's ergograph may be mentioned, there is no graphic record; the recording carriage and kymograph are replaced by a work-adder.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. work + -graph,


In literature:

After much consideration and consultation it was decided not to place reliance on the ordinary ergographs as a means of measuring endurance.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
The ergograph is an interesting strength tester.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen