in·​dus·​tri·​al | \ in-ˈdə-strē-əl How to pronounce industrial (audio) \

Definition of industrial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to industry
2 : engaged in industry the industrial classes
3 : characterized by highly developed industries an industrial nation
4 : used in or developed for use in industry industrial diamonds also : heavy-duty an industrial zipper
5 : derived from human industry industrial wealth



Definition of industrial (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : one that is employed in industry
b : a company engaged in industrial production or service
2 : a stock or bond issued by an industrial corporation or enterprise

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industrially \ in-​ˈdə-​strē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce industrial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of industrial in a Sentence

Adjective There are thousands of industrial uses for plastic.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That is, if anything, a little on the low side of most estimates for the costs of rethinking and largely recreating an industrial civilisation. The Economist, "Joe Biden’s climate gamble," 10 Apr. 2021 Andrew Bruce is Founder and CEO of Data Gumbo, provider of GumboNet™ — the industrial smart contract network powered and secured by blockchain. Andrew Bruce, Forbes, "It's Time For Modern Enterprise To Automate Transactions," 9 Apr. 2021 Trump would carry Pennsylvania by less than a single percentage point, driven by turnout in small towns and rural areas and unexpected strength around industrial centers like Pittsburgh. USA Today, "Exclusive: How Donald Trump upended Nancy Pelosi’s plans, then she unraveled his," 9 Apr. 2021 Applying engineering principles to industrial labor, Taylor would roam factory floors, stopwatch and slide rule in hand, looking for ways to shave time off tasks. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "As Amazon Workers Organize, They Stress: ‘We Are Not Robots’," 9 Apr. 2021 For water used for industrial purposes, the changes remove specific numeric standards for pH, chloride and hardness and replace them with a narrative description. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "Judge approves MPCA changes to water quality standards," 9 Apr. 2021 Exeter Property Group has a track record of building industrial projects in North Texas with developments in Denton, McKinney, Richardson and Dallas. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Another warehouse developer is headed east to Forney," 7 Apr. 2021 Our take: These affordable packing tape rolls and dispensers from a leader in the tape industry are perfect for industrial packing projects. Michael Pollick,, "The best packing tape," 23 Mar. 2021 Stock markets rose on the news, with the Dow Jones industrial average reaching a new high. New York Times, "Inflation Fear Lurks, Even as Officials Say Not to Worry," 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That means those five companies' sector weighting is roughly equal to the combination of three of the stock market's weakest sectors: financials (10%), industrials (8%) and energy (3%). Matt Egan, CNN, "The economy is in shambles but Big Tech stocks are on fire," 27 May 2020 The industrials sector, for example, includes the airline industry as well as the construction industry, while the health care sector includes everything from hospitals to medical-device makers and biotech companies. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Walgreens plans drone deliveries and Jenny Craig shops inside," 24 May 2020 Wall Street looked set for losses, with the future contract for the S&P 500 down 2.1%, while the contract for the Dow industrials lost 2.5%. Elaine Kurtenbach, The Christian Science Monitor, "The price of uncertainty: Oil futures prices drop below $0," 21 Apr. 2020 The Dow industrials slid 352 points, or 1.5%, to close at 23324 on Wednesday, after falling as many as 513 points while Mr. Powell spoke. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Treasury Secretary Says Market Has Overreacted to Federal Reserve," 20 Dec. 2018 Wall Street looked set for losses, with the future contract for the S&P 500 down 0.6%, while the contract for the Dow industrials lost 1%. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: Cuomo, Trump to meet at the White House; South Carolina moves to ease restrictions; immigration temporarily halted," 21 Apr. 2020 The Dow industrials were also down, but the Nasdaq composite was up slightly. Author: Stan Choe, Anchorage Daily News, "New collapse in oil prices sends US futures below $11 a barrel," 20 Apr. 2020 The Dow industrials finished the day up 1,351.62 points, or 6.4%, to 22552.17, launching the blue-chip index back into bull-market territory. Chong Koh Ping, WSJ, "Dow Rallies 6.4% After Stimulus Vote," 27 Mar. 2020 The Dow industrials added 0.15%, or 38 points, to finish at 26,504. CBS News, "Wall Street ends higher after the Fed's hold-steady decision," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of industrial


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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12 Apr 2021

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“Industrial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of industrial

: of or relating to industry : of or relating to factories, the people who work in factories, or the things made in factories
: having a developed industry : having factories that actively make a product
: coming from or used in industry : made or used in factories also : stronger than most other products of its kind


in·​dus·​tri·​al | \ in-ˈdə-strē-əl How to pronounce industrial (audio) \

Kids Definition of industrial

1 : of, relating to, or engaged in industry industrial work
2 : having highly developed industries industrial nations

Other Words from industrial

industrially adverb

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