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 Dow Jones industrial average closed above 27,000 for the first time in history, finishing the day at 27,088, a gain of 227 points, about .85 percent. Washington Post, "U.S. plans to extend nuclear plants' lives," 12 July 2019 And so then, as now, Mexican migrants filled industrial and agricultural labor shortages, especially across the Southwest. Anthony W. Fontes, The Conversation, "The long, bipartisan history of dealing with immigrants harshly," 9 July 2019 Zilber Property Group plans to develop two speculative light industrial buildings, each with around 200,000 square feet, at Gateway. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Large building planned for new Germantown industrial area near Briggs & Stratton, Dielectric developments," 5 July 2019 The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 179 points, or 0.67%, at 26,966, passing its high of 26,828.39 reached on Oct. 3. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "Dow, U.S. stocks hit record highs on rate cut hopes ahead of July 4th," 3 July 2019 The Dow Jones industrial average gained 69.25 points, or 0.3%, to 26,786.68. Alex Veiga,, "Stocks rebound, S&P 500 hits a record again," 2 July 2019 Both new shirts have been made to represent Manchester as a city and to pay tribute to its industrial and cultural heritage, something that is sure to gain the new branding some positive publicity., "Manchester City Kit 19/20: Citizens Release New Home & Away Strips Leaving Fans Divided," 1 July 2019 The fire was reported shortly after 5 a.m. at the industrial building on Cades Way near Birch Street when a worker arrived and called 911 to report seeing smoke and fire, said Vista Deputy Fire Chief Ned Vander Pol. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fire damages wood-working business in Vista industrial building," 20 June 2019 Relativity Space has signed an agreement with NASA to convert a large industrial building in southern Mississippi into what may become the world's first autonomous rocket factory. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Where will the world’s first autonomous rocket factory be built? Mississippi," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Detroit and Pittsburgh, former industrials cities with reviving and emerging reputations as centers of design and technology, have seen walkable urban areas grown substantially. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why building walkable cities is the key to economic success," 24 June 2019 The Dow Jones industrials added 249 points, rising 1% to 26,753, marking its highest trading level since its Oct. 3 close at 26,828. Sarah Min, CBS News, "U.S. stocks surge as S&P 500 hits record high," 20 June 2019 Only when bond yields started to rise again in 1996 did consumer discretionary, industrials and other stocks tied to the economic cycle outperform. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "If the Fed Cuts, History Provides Guide to Market Impact," 13 June 2019 The Dow industrials declined 496.87 points, or 2%, to 24100.51. Corrie Driebusch And Riva Gold, WSJ, "Sharp Decline Puts Dow in Correction Territory," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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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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