Definitions

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 sloth and idleness.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • 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_.

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  • The very word industry comes from the Middle English word industrie, or skill, and from the Latin industria, or diligence.

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  • The very word "industry" comes from the Middle English word "industrie", or skill, and from the Latin "industria", or diligence.

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  • Given natural resources, the other great factor in industry is labour.

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  • The Canaries are great, but their main industry is package holidays, their economy is based on it.

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  • In Pennsylvania, Attorney General Tom Corbett earlier this year successfully campaigned against a push by the title industry for increases in regulated rates.

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  • The title industry plays a particularly dynamic role in efforts to deter, detect, and report mortgage fraud.

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  • The title industry has historically directed its marketing efforts towards real estate agents and loan originators rather than consumers.

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  • I work in the title industry and have settled thousands of loans throughout the boom as well as the bust.

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  • 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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