industrial arts

noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Definition of industrial arts

: a subject taught in elementary and secondary schools that aims at developing manual skill and familiarity with tools and machines

Examples of industrial arts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My grandmother collected glass, my father had a huge collection of industrial art. The Economist, "Grand houses Britain’s palaces and stately homes are empty," 21 May 2020 Both brothers enjoyed building things, and industrial arts was a new subject in many high schools. Anne M. Hamilton,, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 Firefighters responded to the small blaze at 6:11 a.m., which started in a first-floor industrial arts classroom at Plymouth North High School on Obery Street, said Fire Chief Ed Bradley. Elise Takahama,, "Sprinklers extinguish small fire in classroom at Plymouth North High School," 4 June 2018 Grun, who taught industrial arts for 33 years, still teaches Sunday school and a summer woodworking class, and is an avid reader. Stephanie Farr,, "What's on your bucket list? Granting the dangerous, heartbreaking wishes of Philly seniors," 31 May 2018 The focus of the work at Brookside will be the classrooms, industrial arts space where classes like woodworking take place, and the ROTC classroom and drill space, Moten said. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County Lines: Repairs planned at Round Lake Park school devastated by floods," 20 May 2018 The retired industrial arts teacher, 69, has been driving, collecting and restoring the iconic Volkswagens since attending college in the 1960s. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Bugging Out In Plymouth," 22 June 2017 Frank Neff graduated from Purdue prior to his career as an industrial arts teacher. Nathan Baird, Post-Tribune, "Family bond preserves John Wooden's Purdue jersey," 10 May 2018 Worley had planned to be a doctor, but discovered industrial arts through a scheduling mix-up in high school. Deborah Sullivan Brennan,, "County Teachers of the Year honored for exceptional education," 17 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of industrial arts

1815, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2020

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“Industrial arts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of industrial arts

US : a subject that teaches students how to work with tools and machines

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