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- proper n. The major technological, socioeconomic and cultural change in the late 18th and early 19th century resulting from the replacement of an economy based on manual labour to one dominated by industry and machine manufacture.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The changes in the methods of production as well as the resulting changes in economic and social organization accompanying the replacement of hand labor by power-driven machinery. It started in England in about 1760, and spread to other countries with very varying time lags. The introduction of powered machinery such as the steam engine and power loom led to the concentration of large areas of manufacturing in large companies, and made some goods more plentiful and cheaper by mechanical production and economies of scale.
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- n. the transformation from an agricultural to an industrial nation
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The Industrial Revolution has shot its steely wad.
A zipper is where the Industrial Revolution meets the Cobra Cult, don't you think?
Although the world would wait until after the age of Adam Smith for its pyrotechnic burst of technology, the Industrial Revolution could not have taken place had not the ground been prepared by a succession of basic subindustrial discoveries.
Indeed, any attempt to tell the history of the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the modern world in purely Chicago school termsas the unleashing of the profit motive by free competitionfails.
Melanism is sometimes the result, as in the famous case of the peppered moth, Biston betularia, whose melanistic form, the black peppered moth, evolved during the Industrial Revolution from the original white-with-dark-brown-peppering to the all-black form known, somewhat like the spaghetti dish, as carbonaria in the blackened industrial regions of northern England, where it still forms the total population.
Without cities, epoch-making events such as the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution could not have occurred, for ideas develop best, and fastest, when large numbers of people congregate in one spot.