- 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 industry
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December 27, 2014
Industry experts claim an increase in awareness amongst men when it comes to styles, design, and price regarding their underwear.Would You Pay $100 For a 50 Cent Bulge? Men’s Undies Get Expensive
December 23, 2014
The industry lore is downright jaw-dropping in the details of the cons known as “brick-in-box” returns.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
From writer Gail Simone to artist Fiona Staples, there are incredible women already working in the industry.Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back
December 16, 2014
There were witnesses who are sons of powerful men; congressmen, senators, captains of industry.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
The world beholds the peaceful triumphs of the industry of our emigrants.
Under this republic the rewards of industry belong to those who earn them.
We do not dread, rather do we welcome, their progress in education and industry.
We have made enormous strides in science and industry and agriculture.
In Mr. Chamberlain they had a popular champion of great ability and industry.The Grand Old Man
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- 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 industry
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.