noun, plural industries for 1, 2, 7.
the aggregate of manufacturing or technically productive enterprises in a particular field, often named after its principal product: the automobile industry; the steel industry.
any general business activity; commercial enterprise: the Italian tourist industry.
trade or manufacture in general: the rise of industry in Africa.
the ownership and management of companies, factories, etc.: friction between labor and industry.
systematic work or labor.
energetic, devoted activity at any work or task; diligence: Her teacher praised her industry.
the aggregate of work, scholarship, and ancillary activity in a particular field, often named after its principal subject: the Mozart industry.
Archaeology. an assemblage of artifacts regarded as unmistakably the work of a single prehistoric group.

1475–85; earlier industrie < Latin industria, noun use of feminine of industrius industrious

interindustry, adjective
mini-industry, noun, plural mini-industries.
nonindustry, adjective
preindustry, noun, adjective
proindustry, adjective
subindustry, noun, plural subindustries.
superindustry, noun, plural superindustries.

6. application, effort, assiduity, industriousness. Unabridged
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industry (ˈɪndəstrɪ)
n , pl -tries
1.  organized economic activity concerned with manufacture, extraction and processing of raw materials, or construction
2.  a branch of commercial enterprise concerned with the output of a specified product or service: the steel industry
3.  a.  industrial ownership and management interests collectively, as contrasted with labour interests
 b.  manufacturing enterprise collectively, as opposed to agriculture
4.  diligence; assiduity
[C15: from Latin industria diligence, from industrius active, of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "cleverness, skill," from O.Fr. industrie, from L. industria "diligence," fem. of industrius "industrious, diligent," used as a noun, from early L. indostruus "diligent," from indu "in, within" + stem of struere "to build" (see structure). Sense of "diligence,
effort" is from 1530s; meaning "trade or manufacture" first recorded 1560s; that of "systematic work" is 1610s.
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Example sentences
Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, causing human misery and
  personal indignity.
Literature can never be made one of the protected industries.
In a push to modernize its culture and media industries, the government
  recently gave publishers more autonomy.
But in practice companies in similar industries often end up clustering
  together in the same location.
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