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



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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Other Words from industrial


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

Examples of industrial in a Sentence


There are thousands of industrial uses for plastic.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The fittings on the sliding doors that cover the elevator are shiny silver, but definitely industrial in style. Jesse Kornbluth, ELLE Decor, "Darren Star’s New York Loft is Not What You Would Expect from the Sex and the City Creator," 16 Apr. 2019 Kentucky Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was instrumental in getting industrial hemp legalized, spearheading the Farm Bill’s passage through Congress. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 In addition to banks, technology, communications and industrial companies helped lift U.S. stocks Friday. Alex Veiga, The Seattle Times, "S&P 500 notches 3rd straight weekly gain as US stocks rally," 14 Apr. 2019 Investors will be waiting, listening for other news that would be beneficial not only to banks, but to industrial and technology stocks. Alex Veiga, The Seattle Times, "S&P 500 notches 3rd straight weekly gain as US stocks rally," 14 Apr. 2019 His father is a night watchman, and his mother is a house cleaner. 1989 Simons interns for Walter Van Beirendonck while studying industrial and furniture design in Genk. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "A Brief History of Raf Simons’s Storied Career in Fashion," 22 Dec. 2018 Architects need to do their piece to maximize energy efficiency in new buildings, commercial and industrial as well as residential. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Can consumer choices ward off the worst effects of climate change? An expert explains.," 12 Oct. 2018 Modern smartphones offer a primitive version of mixed reality, and headsets like Microsoft HoloLens offer a more advanced version for industrial and professional use. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "I tried Magic Leap and saw a flawed glimpse of mixed reality’s amazing potential," 8 Aug. 2018 The Knights of Labor, which organized people across industrial and ethnic lines, grew from 104,066 members in July 1885 to 702,924 a year later. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Clocking Out," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Among industrials, Boeing gained 3.5 percent to $363.59 and construction equipment maker Caterpillar rose 2.3 percent to $159.37. Washington Post, "Hope for US-China trade progress sends stocks jumping," 21 May 2018 Ottobock, a German medical-technology company, debuted an upper-body exoskeleton in September, and has gotten interest from unexpected places, said Soenke Roessing, head of industrials. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Industrial Exoskeletons Give Workers a Lift," 17 Jan. 2019 If the Nasdaq and Dow industrials end the week lower, that would halt an impressive run of eight consecutive weeks of gains. Will Horner, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks End Lower on Disappointing Data, Earnings," 21 Feb. 2019 The Dow industrials and the S&P 500 are both up roughly 9% this year, leaving the two indexes down 5.2% and 6.3%, respectively, from their records last year. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Stocks Surge on U.S.-China Trade Hopes," 12 Feb. 2019 The Dow industrials rose 443.86 points, or 1.7%, to 25883.25 Friday, while the S&P 500 added 29.87, or 1.1%, to 2775.60. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "Nasdaq Exits Bear Market as Stocks Rally," 15 Feb. 2019 Photo: Ricardo Mazalan/Associated Press For the month, the S&P 500 rose 1.8%, the Dow industrials added 1.7% and the Nasdaq climbed 0.3%. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Investors on Edge After Rocky Month for Markets," 30 Nov. 2018 The Dow Jones industrials climbed 157.03 points, to 24527.27, after earlier rising as much as 458 points. Bob Davis, WSJ, "China Prepares Policy to Increase Access for Foreign Companies," 12 Dec. 2018 That leaves a lot of room for work in non-Equity stage productions, as well as film, television, commercials and industrials. Kelundra Smith, New York Times, "A Boom in Filming Gives Atlanta Stage Actors Room to Maneuver," 4 May 2018

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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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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

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industrially adverb

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