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
Middle English industrie, skill, from Old French, from Latin industria, diligence, from feminine of industrius, diligent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French industrie, from Latin industria ("diligence, activity, industry"), from industrius ("diligent, active, zealous"), from Old Latin indostruus ("diligent, active"); origin unknown. Perhaps from indu ("in") + ūst-, ūstr-, stem of ūrō ("burn, burn up, consume", v), related to Old High German ūstrī ("industry"), Old English andūstrian ("to hate, detest", literally "to be consumed with zeal"). (Wiktionary)