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 industrially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of industrial in a Sentence

Adjective There are thousands of industrial uses for plastic.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Even as the Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 3 percent on news of the vaccine, the economy remained depressed by the spread of the virus. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Pandemic Reaches Grim Milestone as Biden Moves to Take Charge," 9 Nov. 2020 News that a vaccine could be available in the United States possibly by the spring of 2021 sent the stock market soaring, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing up nearly 3%. Dave Altimari,, "Drug maker Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is 90 percent effective. Pfizer employees in Groton have been working on the project.," 9 Nov. 2020 The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 26,502, down 157 points, a loss of 0.6%. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 30-Nov. 5," 6 Nov. 2020 The Dow Jones industrial average was up nearly 200 points, or about 1%, to more than 27,600. CBS News, "Stocks rise as presidential election remains too close to call," 4 Nov. 2020 International technology firm GEA Group is leasing 78,000 square feet of industrial space in the Star Business Park. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Cowboys owner Jerry Jones adds to his Prosper properties," 18 Nov. 2020 Lots of people are making lots of fuss about the Dow Jones industrial average flirting with a nice, new benchmark: 30,000. Washington Post, "Watching the Dow is fun — but it’s not the real story," 18 Nov. 2020 The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 350 points, putting the blue-chip average on track to eclipse its Feb. 12 record before the coronavirus pandemic battered the global economy. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Dow rallies 350 points, on track for record close after Moderna says vaccine 94.5% effective," 16 Nov. 2020 For example, about 30% of their investments have been in industrial space, which has outperformed because of the growing use of e-commerce, according to Stanger. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Commercial REITs for Small Investors See Increasing Demand," 20 Oct. 2020 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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25 Nov 2020

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“Industrial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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