from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The sector of an economy made up of manufacturing enterprises.
  • noun A sector of an economy: synonym: business.
  • noun Energetic devotion to a task or an endeavor; diligence.
  • noun Ongoing work or study associated with a specified subject or figure.
  • noun A collection of artifacts or tools made from a specified material.
  • noun A standardized tradition of toolmaking associated with a specified tool or culture.
  • noun Obsolete Cleverness or skill.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Habitual diligence in any employment or task, whether bodily or mental; sedulous attention to business; assiduity.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Synonyms Application, Diligence, etc. (see assiduity); activity, laboriousness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Habitual diligence in any employment or pursuit, either bodily or mental; steady attention to business; assiduity; -- opposed to sloth and idleness.
  • noun Any department or branch of art, occupation, or business; especially, one which employs much labor and capital and is a distinct branch of trade
  • noun (Polit. Econ.) Human exertion of any kind employed for the creation of value, and regarded by some as a species of capital or wealth; labor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The tendency to work persistently.
  • noun countable, business, economics Businesses of the same type, considered as a whole.
  • noun uncountable, economics Businesses that produce goods as opposed to services.
  • noun in singular, economics The sector of the economy consisting of large-scale enterprises.

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

  • noun persevering determination to perform a task
  • noun the organized action of making of goods and services for sale
  • noun the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English industrie, skill, from Old French, from Latin industria, diligence, from feminine of industrius, diligent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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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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