heavy industry

noun
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of heavy industry

:the production of goods (such as coal or steel) that are used to make other goods

Word by Word Definitions

heavy play
  1. : having great weight

  2. : having a high specific gravity : having great weight in proportion to bulk

  3. : having or being atoms of greater than normal mass for that element

  1. : to a great or overwhelming degree : with or as if with great weight : in a heavy manner : heavily

  1. : heavyweight

  2. : a theatrical role of a dignified or somber character

  3. : a character in a story or play who opposes the hero : villain

industry play
  1. : diligence in an employment or pursuit

  2. : systematic labor especially for some useful purpose or the creation of something of value

  3. : a department or branch of a craft, art, business, or manufacture


Financial Definition of HEAVY INDUSTRY

heavy industry

What It Is

Heavy industry refers to industries that produce "heavy" products.

How It Works

Oil, mining, shipbuilding, steel, chemicals, machinery manufacturing and similar industries are examples of heavy industry. They are very capital-intensive, meaning that they require a lot of machinery and equipment to produce. Often, they are criticized for their environmental impacts.

Why It Matters

Heavy industries often sell their products to other industries rather than to end users and consumers. In other words, they usually make products that are used to make other products. Accordingly, when a down economy begins to recover, heavy industry is often first to show signs of improvement. This makes the sector a leading economic indicator.


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