in·dus·tri·al | \ in-ˈdə-strē-əl \

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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industrially \in-ˈdə-strē-ə-lē \ adverb

Examples of industrial in a Sentence


There are thousands of industrial uses for plastic.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Corporate news drove swings in individual stocks throughout the week, propelling shares of industrial, technology and consumer discretionary firms up more than 2% apiece in the S&P 500. Akane Otani, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Rise, Post Weekly Gains," 13 July 2018 At a conference in May at an upscale hotel in Beijing, China’s security-industrial complex offered its vision of the future. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 In 2015 the Paris climate agreement set limits on emissions of the gas to prevent global temperatures rising by more than two degrees Celsius above those of pre-industrial times. The Economist, "Shortages of carbon dioxide in Europe may get worse," 5 July 2018 Founded in 1957, Galdisa produces and sells peanuts and peanut products for industrial, wholesale, and retail markets in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Mexican peanut company opens Conroe plant," 3 July 2018 That plan calls for a mix of light industrial, office, retail and housing at the properties owned by Junge and Michels. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Large riverside development site in Milwaukee's Harbor District sold to San Diego investor," 27 June 2018 Cottons: The Secret of the Wind hits bookstores next week, introducing readers to an epic tale of a post-industrial (and post-human) world ruled by animals, and the struggle between species for survival. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cottons: The Secret of The Wind' Trailer Shows a World Ruled by Animals," 27 June 2018 Addressing these issues, as James’ question suggests, is not just about throwing money at the space-industrial complex. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 Spare two-top and four-top tables line the long space, which can come off as cold and industrial, but manager (and Park’s wife) Ellia Park brings in the warmth with friendly, attentive service. Bon Appetit, "Atoboy," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tech shares joined industrials in a sharp fall as American markets opened Monday, after reports that President Trump was considering restrictions on Chinese investments in American technology companies. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Stock Markets Slip on Trade Policy Fears," 25 June 2018 Caterpillar was among the biggest losers in the Dow industrials, falling 4.49, or 3.2% to 136.76. Ben St. Clair And, WSJ, "Fresh Trade Threats Drag on U.S. Stocks," 11 July 2018 The bank remains committed to coverage of financial services, technology, healthcare, industrials, consumer goods, gaming and financial sponsors, Fedorcik added in the memo. Michael Bellusci And Steven Arons, Houston Chronicle, "Deutsche Bank to shut Houston office in energy pullback," 4 May 2018 Those that benefit when economic conditions and risk appetite are improving—like financials, industrials and technology—have lagged behind. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Tariff Talk Finally Turns Real for Asia Markets," 6 July 2018 All three major indexes notched a second consecutive session of gains Friday after several days when the S&P 500 and Dow industrials switched between gains and losses. Michael Wursthorn And Riva Gold, WSJ, "Stocks Edge Higher During Momentary Pause in Trade Tensions," 29 June 2018 Book values also remain useful for some sectors, such as financials or industrials, some analysts say. Bloomberg,, "What's a stock worth? In the new economy, traditional accounting has its critics," 8 June 2018 All major sectors were hit, with industrials, financial services and health care bleeding the most. Anchorage Daily News, "Markets tumble again as U.S.-China tit-for-tat on tariffs continues," 6 Apr. 2018 The company is focused on converting real estate once used for parking and industrials into food and retail services uses. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "Travis Kalanick's Return and the 'Bad Boys' Who Always Come Back," 21 Mar. 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 \

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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