mini industry


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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