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Industrial Revolution


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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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the transformation from an agricultural to an industrial nation


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