The definition of an industry is any large-scale business activity or a type of productive manufacture or trade.(noun)
An example of industry is the coal mining business.
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noun pl. industries
Origin: LME < MFr industrie < L industria < industrius, active, industrious < *indo-struus < OL endo (> L in) + struere, to pile up, arrange: see strew
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noun pl. in·dus·tries
Origin: Middle English industrie, skill
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin industria, diligence
Origin: , from
Origin: feminine of industrius, diligent; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots. Word History: A clear indication of the way in which human effort has been harnessed as a force for the commercial production of goods and services is the change in meaning of the word industry. Coming from the Latin word industria, meaning “diligent activity directed to some purpose,” and its descendant, Old French industrie, with the senses “activity,” “ability,” and “a trade or occupation,” our word (first recorded in 1475) originally meant “skill,” “a device,” and “diligence” as well as “a trade.” Over the course of the Industrial Revolution, as more and more human effort became involved in producing goods and services for sale, the last sense of industry as well as the slightly newer sense “systematic work or habitual employment” grew in importance, to a large extent taking over the word. We can even speak now of the Shakespeare industry, rather like the garment industry.
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the branch of chemistry that deals with the industrial use and application of organic substances. —chemurgic, chemurgical, adj.
Rare. useful arts, as agriculture, commerce, and manufacturing.
the science and technology of applying radiation and x rays to industrial use. See also radio.
the application of automated machinery to tasks traditionally done by hand, as in the manufacturing industry.
a believer in the doctrines of John Alexander Dowie who founded Zion City, Illinois, in 1901, as an industrial community for his followers.
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