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[in-duhs-tree-uh l]
  1. of, pertaining to, of the nature of, or resulting from industry: industrial production; industrial waste.
  2. having many and highly developed industries: an industrial nation.
  3. engaged in an industry or industries: industrial workers.
  4. of or relating to the workers in industries: industrial training.
  5. used in industry: industrial diamonds: industrial fabrics.
  6. noting or pertaining to industrial life insurance.
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  1. an industrial product: diamonds classed as industrials and nonindustrials.
  2. a company engaged in industrial enterprises.
  3. an employee in some industry, especially a manufacturing industry.
  4. industrials, stocks and bonds of industrial companies.
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Origin of industrial

First recorded in 1580–90; industry + -al1
Related formsin·dus·tri·al·ly, adverbin·dus·tri·al·ness, nounnon·in·dus·tri·al, adjectivenon·in·dus·tri·al·ly, adverbpre·in·dus·tri·al, adjectivepro·in·dus·tri·al, adjectivequa·si-in·dus·tri·al, adjectivequa·si-in·dus·tri·al·ly, adverbsem·i-in·dus·tri·al, adjectivesem·i-in·dus·tri·al·ly, adverbun·in·dus·tri·al, adjective
Can be confusedindustrial industrious
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Examples from the Web for industrials

Historical Examples of industrials

  • He reduces them to three groups: industrials, artists, and scientists (savants).

    Elements of Morals

    Paul Janet

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for industrials


pl n
  1. stocks, shares, and bonds of industrial enterprises
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  1. of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of industry
  2. employed in industrythe industrial workforce
  3. relating to or concerned with workers in industryindustrial conditions
  4. used in industryindustrial chemicals
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Derived Formsindustrially, adverb
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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.

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