- of, pertaining to, of the nature of, or resulting from industry: industrial production; industrial waste.
- having many and highly developed industries: an industrial nation.
- engaged in an industry or industries: industrial workers.
- of or relating to the workers in industries: industrial training.
- used in industry: industrial diamonds: industrial fabrics.
- noting or pertaining to industrial life insurance.
Origin of industrial
Examples from the Web for industrials
He reduces them to three groups: industrials, artists, and scientists (savants).Elements of Morals
With pleasure and relief he turned from the Industrials to the Soldiers.The Soul of Susan Yellam
Horace Annesley Vachell
It yielded pasturage to two sets of industrials—sheep and bees.A Walk from London to John O'Groat's
Once he had owned a hundred shares of one of the Industrials.By the Light of the Soul
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It was a period of expansion and confidence; much money was seeking investment and "Industrials" were the fashion.Tono Bungay
H. G. Wells
- stocks, shares, and bonds of industrial enterprises
- of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of industry
- employed in industrythe industrial workforce
- relating to or concerned with workers in industryindustrial conditions
- used in industryindustrial chemicals
Word Origin and History for industrials
1774, from French industriel, from Medieval Latin industrialis, from Latin industria (see industry). Earlier the word had been used in English in a sense "resulting from labor" (1580s); the modern use is considered a reborrowing. Meaning "suitable for industrial use" is from 1904. As a style of dance music, attested from 1988. Industrial revolution was in use by 1840 to refer to recent developments and changes in England and elsewhere.