[ in-duh-stree ]
/ ˈɪn də stri /
noun, plural in·dus·tries for 1, 2, 7.
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.
Words nearby industry
Origin of industry
1475–85; earlier industrie < Latin industria, noun use of feminine of industrius industrious
OTHER WORDS FROM industry
in·ter·in·dus·try, adjectivemin·i-in·dus·try, noun, plural min·i-in·dus·tries.non·in·dus·try, adjectivepre·in·dus·try, noun, adjective
pro·in·dus·try, adjectivesub·in·dus·try, noun, plural sub·in·dus·tries.su·per·in·dus·try, noun, plural su·per·in·dus·tries.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-industry
/ (ˈɪndəstrɪ) /
noun plural -tries
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
Word Origin for industry
C15: from Latin industria diligence, from industrius active, of uncertain origin
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