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[in-duhs-tree-uh l] /ɪnˈdʌs tri əl/
of, pertaining to, of the nature of, or resulting from industry:
industrial production; industrial waste.
having many and highly developed industries:
an industrial nation.
engaged in an industry or industries:
industrial workers.
of or relating to the workers in industries:
industrial training.
used in industry:
industrial diamonds: industrial fabrics.
noting or pertaining to industrial life insurance.
an industrial product:
diamonds classed as industrials and nonindustrials.
a company engaged in industrial enterprises.
an employee in some industry, especially a manufacturing industry.
industrials, stocks and bonds of industrial companies.
Origin of industrial
1580-90; industry + -al1
Related forms
industrially, adverb
industrialness, noun
nonindustrial, adjective
nonindustrially, adverb
preindustrial, adjective
proindustrial, adjective
quasi-industrial, adjective
quasi-industrially, adverb
semi-industrial, adjective
semi-industrially, adverb
unindustrial, adjective
Can be confused
industrial, industrious. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for industrial
  • When too many companies outsource their manufacturing, the industrial ecosystem can suffer long-term consequences.
  • Third, universities have begun to experiment with much closer forms of industrial affiliation.
  • industrial production in the rich world collapsed during the crisis.
  • Wrenching environmental problems are plaguing the world's newest industrial powerhouse.
  • And neither does it record the use of synthetic pesticides on individual industrial farms.
  • Only the grit was useful, mostly for industrial applications such as dental drills and hacksaw blades.
  • Take one pizza, place on an industrial laser line cutter and stand back.
  • Demand for industrial salt is steady and predictable.
  • Created from a onetime industrial area, the park features a small wetland and a historic carousel.
  • Unfortunately, this sudden conversion to the merits of an industrial economy was mistimed.
British Dictionary definitions for industrial


of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of industry
employed in industry: the industrial workforce
relating to or concerned with workers in industry: industrial conditions
used in industry: industrial chemicals
Derived Forms
industrially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for industrial

1774, from French industriel, from Medieval Latin industrialis, from Latin industria (see industry). Earlier the word had been used in English in a sense "resulting from labor" (1580s); the modern use is considered a reborrowing. Meaning "suitable for industrial use" is from 1904. As a style of dance music, attested from 1988. Industrial revolution was in use by 1840 to refer to recent developments and changes in England and elsewhere.

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Slang definitions & phrases for industrial


  1. Very masculine; manly; macho, studly: If you can get a date with Bambi, you'll be so industrial, dude! (1980s+ Students)
  2. industrial-strength: an industrial dose of Thorazine (1980s+)

: and the harsh industrial pop of Nine Inch Nails


A variety of rock music: industrial music is ''the sounds our culture makes as it comes unglued'' (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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