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

But researchers in China and abroad say the country’s industrial-scale effort to transform animals with CRISPR will soon yield real payoffs for fundamental research, agriculture, and medicine. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "China’s CRISPR push in animals promises better meat, novel therapies, and pig organs for people," 31 July 2019 Canopy is growing it on an industrial scale, but so are lots of people these days. Amanda Chicago Lewis, The Verge, "Big Alcohol is pouring," 30 July 2019 The new policies would make mixed-use a sixth type of zone in the city, joining agriculture, open space, residential, commercial and industrial. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego loosens zoning to encourage neighborhoods combining housing with jobs," 29 July 2019 This account is based on in-person interviews with more than 20 migrants who made the two-hour, 130-mile (220-kilometer) journey south to the industrial city in the week since the new practice began. MarÍa Verza, Houston Chronicle, "Migrants sent back by US dumped in Mexico's Monterrey," 25 July 2019 If approved, its first operations will be for medical, commercial, and industrial customers. Wired, "UPS Wants to Go Full-Scale With Its Drone Deliveries," 25 July 2019 The primary sources of fecal contamination include urban runoff, sewage leaks and overflows and industrial-scale livestock operations. Leada Gore |,, "List of ‘dirty’ beaches due to fecal bacteria includes 10 in Alabama, Florida," 23 July 2019 In a new study, scientists say that particles of lead trapped in ice in the north pole tell the story of commercial and industrial processes dating back to the Middle Ages. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Surprising Things Arctic Ice Can Tell Us About Human History," 12 July 2019 In the commercial and industrial machinery and equipment repair industry, 65% of people reported secondhand smoke exposure, the most of any industry measured. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Almost 20% of nonsmoking workers are exposed to secondhand smoke on the job, study finds," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Optimism around a rate cut helped push the Dow industrials on the last leg of its journey to 27000. Michael Wursthorn And Nathan Allen, WSJ, "Health-Care Rally Helps Lift Dow to Record Close," 11 July 2019 Fields, who was president of Ford’s Americas division when the Focus and Fiesta were developed, now is a senior adviser with the industrials team at TPG Capital, a global private equity firm., "FREE PRESS INVESTIGATION: OUT OF GEAR Ford knew Focus, Fiesta models had flawed transmission, sold them anyway," 11 July 2019 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

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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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