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 Only essential services and some industrial zones will be operational until July 17. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Argentinians Create 'Human Foosball' to Safely Play Soccer During Coronavirus," 13 July 2020 The Dow Jones industrial average held on to a gain of less than 1%, adding 177 points to close at 26,067. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: July 8-9," 12 July 2020 The iAI Institute plans to help train people in industrial artificial intelligence. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn launches iAI Institute aimed to train people in industrial artificial intelligence," 11 July 2020 Jinju is supposed to become a hub for biotech and aerospace, creating tens of thousands of jobs in a region with comparatively little industrial heritage and thus encouraging internal migration. The Economist, "Seoul v everywhere else South Korea is rethinking its efforts to spread the wealth," 11 July 2020 All this helped turn the industrial Midwest red for the first time since the 1980s, delivering Trump the White House. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump balances defense of Confederate symbols with unrelenting attack on Biden race record," 10 July 2020 This weekend’s overnight closures are to accommodate moves of large industrial loads traveling from Longview, WA to Hillsboro. oregonlive, "Portland Friday traffic: Weekend night closures, then full closure for Cornelius Pass Road begins Monday," 10 July 2020 The Dow Jones industrial average was flat, after rising nearly 180 points a day earlier. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stocks rise as investors bet on a recovery," 10 July 2020 Hasa Inc signed a 15,000-square-foot industrial lease at 4431 Simonton Road in Farmers Branch. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Veritex Bank and Perdure Petroleum land new North Texas office locations," 10 July 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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28 Jul 2020

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“Industrial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 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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