industrial

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adjective

in·​dus·​tri·​al in-ˈdə-strē-əl How to pronounce industrial (audio)
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: 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
industrially adverb

industrial

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noun

1
a
: 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

Examples of industrial in a Sentence

Adjective There are thousands of industrial uses for plastic.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Animal agriculture is the biggest industrial source of water pollution and takes up three-quarters of the world’s agricultural land. Byirina Ivanova, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2024 It would be programmed by punch cards, like the industrial looms of the time. Charlie Fink, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 Dupont & Mullins In previous appearances at Adah Rose Gallery, Brian Dupont has shown abstract paintings characterized by an industrial feel and the use of stenciled lettering. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 That year, the same one in which Ukrainians ousted a pro-Kremlin leader in a popular uprising, Russia also fomented a separatist uprising in Ukraine’s industrial east, which Ukraine considers the true beginning of the current war. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Developers also are converting industrial properties into housing for low- and moderate-income workers. Sarah Moreno, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 Quite recently, architecture has sparked her interest, and she was intrigued by our pre-interview chatter by the raw industrial desolation of Scott Avenue in Bushwick, location of the previous night’s Luar show. Mark Holgate, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2024 So in more extreme settings, like industrial facilities, the old Gore technology still will be needed. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 The lawmakers cite potential damage to American workers and to the nation’s defense industrial base if Nippon were to close some of U.S. Steel’s American plants. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024
Noun
The Dow Jones Transportation Average, which tracks 20 US transportation stocks from railroads to airlines to delivery, has fallen 1.6% so far this year, underperforming the broader Dow industrials’ 2.2% gain. Krystal Hur, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, in the Asia-Pacific region, these two sectors achieve representation more in line with global averages, while industrials and consumer staples firms capture particularly high proportions of the top 200. Martin Reeves, Fortune, 29 Jan. 2024 Boeing is down about 8.9% on Monday, the worst performer in the Dow industrials. Hannah Miao, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2024 Live Coverage Feed 1 day ago Dow Industrials Set for Worst Start of Year Since 2016 The Dow industrials are having a rough start to 2024. Hannah Miao, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2024 Analysts currently see an overall growth rate of almost 11% for the S&P 500, reflecting double-digit gains in health care, industrials, technology and communication-services companies. Lu Wang, Fortune, 5 Jan. 2024 The Dow industrials and Nasdaq Composite are on track for their longest weekly winning streaks since 2019. Hannah Miao, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2023 Contracts linked to the S&P 500, Dow industrials and Nasdaq-100 were little changed. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2023 The Dow industrials and other big indexes gained more than 1% on Wednesday, and benchmark bond yields fell to four-month lows, after the Federal Reserve held interest rates steady and signaled cuts in 2024. Angus Berwick, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of industrial was in 1600

Dictionary Entries Near industrial

Cite this Entry

“Industrial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/industrial. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

industrial

adjective
in·​dus·​tri·​al
in-ˈdəs-trē-əl
1
: of, relating to, or engaged in industry
2
: having highly developed industries
an industrial nation
3
: coming from or used in industry
industrial diamonds
industrially
-trē-ə-lē
adverb
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