industrial arts


plural in form but singular in construction
: 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 One plaintiff, the Wilkes-Barre Area School District, said it was forced to cut 100 positions because of chronic underfunding, eliminating popular programs involving art, libraries, industrial arts, and others. The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Feb. 2023 Culver started teaching career and technical education classes in the Evergreen School District after graduating from the Washington State University’s college of education and industrial arts. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2022 Clark arrived 30 minutes later, where Wood, athletic director Marion Fine, football coach Bob Britt and industrial arts department chair Mac Morrow were waiting for him. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 2 June 2022 Wood offered him a job teaching industrial arts and coaching football. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 2 June 2022 After leaving the Navy in 1985, Filbeck earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from San Diego State in industrial arts. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 Woods calls for better industrial arts training programs for city students. al, 23 Aug. 2021 Boys were educated in industrial arts or in farming; girls in domestic duties. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 2 Aug. 2021 His friend offered him a job that would pay more than the salary Smilanich would make as an industrial arts teacher. Joel Rippel, Star Tribune, 18 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of industrial arts was in 1815

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“Industrial arts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

industrial arts

singular or plural noun
: a subject taught in elementary and secondary schools that aims at developing skills necessary for working with tools and machines
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