- the aggregate of manufacturing or technically productive enterprises in a particular field, often named after its principal product: the automobile industry; the steel industry.
- any general business activity; commercial enterprise: the Italian tourist industry.
- trade or manufacture in general: the rise of industry in Africa.
- the ownership and management of companies, factories, etc.: friction between labor and industry.
- systematic work or labor.
- energetic, devoted activity at any work or task; diligence: Her teacher praised her industry.
- the aggregate of work, scholarship, and ancillary activity in a particular field, often named after its principal subject: the Mozart industry.
- Archaeology. an assemblage of artifacts regarded as unmistakably the work of a single prehistoric group.
Origin of industry
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Examples from the Web for industries
Increasingly, as these industries develop, on-site solar and wind is a way of guaranteeing a lower price for electricity.Solar Powered Ski Lift
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
But the industry employs over 11 million people, and the EEOC received just 7,256 total complaints from all industries last year.Waitressing Is One of the Worst Jobs for Sexual Harassment
October 8, 2014
Sex workers contribute significantly to the economic health of print publications—and many other industries.The Importance of Adult Classifieds
September 6, 2014
Richardson makes his money in industries that are dominated by female consumers, such as fashion and pop music.Revenge on the Pervs: Why the Tide Is Finally Turning Against Dov Charney and Terry Richardson
June 20, 2014
This was true of all industries, but especially those built on creativity and innovation.Apple Wants Beats So It Can Control You
May 12, 2014
Built on fear and run by fear, fear is as essential to their existence as coal to our industries.The Conquest of Fear
La Bresse is still a rich commune by reason of its forests and industries.In the Heart of Vosges
This would require that some of the men be transferred to other industries.City of Endless Night
"Enterprise and industries," answered Cousin Egbert loftily.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
This petition was an insidious blow at one of the most important of our industries.
- organized economic activity concerned with manufacture, extraction and processing of raw materials, or construction
- a branch of commercial enterprise concerned with the output of a specified product or servicethe steel industry
- industrial ownership and management interests collectively, as contrasted with labour interests
- manufacturing enterprise collectively, as opposed to agriculture
- diligence; assiduity
Word Origin and History for industries
late 15c., "cleverness, skill," from Old French industrie "activity; aptitude" (14c.) or directly from Latin industria "diligence, activity, zeal," fem. of industrius "industrious, diligent," used as a noun, from early Latin indostruus "diligent," from indu "in, within" + stem of struere "to build" (see structure (n.)). Sense of "diligence, effort" is from 1530s; meaning "trade or manufacture" first recorded 1560s; that of "systematic work" is 1610s.