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industrial

[in-duhs-tree-uh l] /ɪnˈdʌs tri əl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, of the nature of, or resulting from industry:
industrial production; industrial waste.
2.
having many and highly developed industries:
an industrial nation.
3.
engaged in an industry or industries:
industrial workers.
4.
of or pertaining to the workers in industries:
industrial training.
5.
used in industry:
industrial diamonds: industrial fabrics.
6.
noting or pertaining to industrial life insurance.
noun
7.
an industrial product:
diamonds classed as industrials and nonindustrials.
8.
a company engaged in industrial enterprises.
9.
an employee in some industry, especially a manufacturing industry.
10.
industrials, stocks and bonds of industrial companies.
Origin
1580-1590
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.
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Examples 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

industrial

/ɪnˈdʌstrɪəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of industry
2.
employed in industry the industrial workforce
3.
relating to or concerned with workers in industry industrial conditions
4.
used in industry industrial chemicals
Derived Forms
industrially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for industrial
adj.

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

industrial

adjective
  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+)
modifier

: and the harsh industrial pop of Nine Inch Nails

noun

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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