Industry definition

ĭndə-strē
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Earnest, steady effort; constant diligence in or application to work.
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Ongoing work or study associated with a specified subject or figure.

The Civil War industry; the Hemingway industry.

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The definition of an industry is any large-scale business activity or a type of productive manufacture or trade.

An example of industry is the coal mining business.

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Manufacturing productive enterprises collectively, esp. as distinguished from agriculture.
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Energetic devotion to a task or an endeavor; diligence.

Demonstrated great intelligence and industry as a prosecutor.

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(obsolete) Cleverness or skill.
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A sector of an economy.

The advertising industry.

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The sector of an economy made up of manufacturing enterprises.

Government regulation of industry.

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A collection of artifacts or tools made from a specified material.

A Mesolithic bone industry.

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A standardized tradition of toolmaking associated with a specified tool or culture.

A stone hand-ax industry; the Acheulian industry.

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Systematic work; habitual employment.
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Skill or cleverness.
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The application of this.
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Any particular branch of productive, esp. manufacturing, enterprise.

The paper industry.

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Any large-scale business activity.

The tourist industry.

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The owners and managers of industry.
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(uncountable) The tendency to work persistently.

Over the years, their industry and business sense made them wealthy.

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(uncountable, economics) Businesses that produce goods as opposed to services.
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(in the singular, economics) The sector of the economy consisting of large-scale enterprises.

There used to be a lot of industry around here, but now the economy depends on tourism.

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(European software patents) Automated production of material goods.
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(countable, business, economics) Businesses of the same type, considered as a whole.

The software and tourism industries continue to grow, while the steel industry remains troubled.

The steel industry has long used blast furnaces to smelt iron.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
industry
Plural:
industries

Origin of industry

  • Middle English industrie skill from Old French from Latin industria diligence from feminine of industrius diligent ster-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French industrie, from Latin industria (“diligence, activity, industry”), from industrius (“diligent, active, zealous”), from Old Latin indostruus (“diligent, active”); origin unknown. Perhaps from indu (“in”) + ūst-, ūstr-, stem of ūrō (“burn, burn up, consume”, verb), related to Old High German ūstrī (“industry”), Old English andūstrian (“to hate, detest”, literally “to be consumed with zeal”).

    From Wiktionary