from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Commercial production and sale of goods.
- n. A specific branch of manufacture and trade: the textile industry. See Synonyms at business.
- n. The sector of an economy made up of manufacturing enterprises: government regulation of industry.
- n. Industrial management.
- n. Energetic devotion to a task or an endeavor; diligence: demonstrated great intelligence and industry as a prosecutor.
- n. Ongoing work or study associated with a specified subject or figure: the Civil War industry; the Hemingway industry.
- n. Archaeology A collection of artifacts or tools made from a specified material: a Mesolithic bone industry.
- n. Archaeology A standardized tradition of toolmaking associated with a specified tool or culture: a stone hand-ax industry; the Acheulian industry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The tendency to work persistently.
- n. Businesses of the same type, considered as a whole.
- n. Businesses that produce goods as opposed to services.
- n. The sector of the economy consisting of large-scale enterprises.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Habitual diligence in any employment or pursuit, either bodily or mental; steady attention to business; assiduity; -- opposed to
- n. Any department or branch of art, occupation, or business; especially, one which employs much labor and capital and is a distinct branch of trade
- n. Human exertion of any kind employed for the creation of value, and regarded by some as a species of capital or wealth; labor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Habitual diligence in any employment or task, whether bodily or mental; sedulous attention to business; assiduity.
- n. Productive labor; specifically, labor employed in manufacturing; manufacture; hence, a particular branch of work; a trade: as, the iron industry; the cotton industry: often used, in the plural, of trades in general: as, the arts and industries of a country.
- n. Synonyms Application, Diligence, etc. (see assiduity); activity, laboriousness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. persevering determination to perform a task
- n. the organized action of making of goods and services for sale
- n. the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise
They all sink into the lowest class of religions mendicants, or retainers; or live among their friends as drones upon the land; while the manufacturing, trading, and commercial industry that provided them with the comforts, conveniences, and elegancies of life while they were in a higher grade of service is in its turn thrown out of employment; and the whole frame of society becomes, for a time, deranged by the local diminution in the demand _for the services of men and the produce of their industry_.
The very word industry comes from the Middle English word industrie, or skill, and from the Latin industria, or diligence.
The very word "industry" comes from the Middle English word "industrie", or skill, and from the Latin "industria", or diligence.
Given natural resources, the other great factor in industry is labour.
The Canaries are great, but their main industry is package holidays, their economy is based on it.
In Pennsylvania, Attorney General Tom Corbett earlier this year successfully campaigned against a push by the title industry for increases in regulated rates.
The title industry plays a particularly dynamic role in efforts to deter, detect, and report mortgage fraud.
The title industry has historically directed its marketing efforts towards real estate agents and loan originators rather than consumers.
I work in the title industry and have settled thousands of loans throughout the boom as well as the bust.
Yes, the main industry is tourism and many if not most of your neighbors would be involved somehow in that business.
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