industrial revolution

noun

Definition of industrial revolution

: a rapid major change in an economy (as in England in the late 18th century) marked by the general introduction of power-driven machinery or by an important change in the prevailing types and methods of use of such machines

Examples of industrial revolution in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like many industries, fueling is a traditional one — with roots that go all the way back to the industrial revolution. Jocelyn Sexton, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Point of no return is approaching fast Before the industrial revolution, the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2021 Prior to the industrial revolution, these trees formed endless stands in the Eastern forests of North America. Paul Robbins, Scientific American, 15 June 2021 Here’s this guy who probably more than anyone is responsible for the way that not just Detroit developed, but the second industrial revolution and the assembly line changing the nature of work and the automobile, which totally changed the landscape. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 4 Nov. 2021 Global temperature has risen by nearly 1.1 degrees C since the industrial revolution. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 27 Oct. 2021 The industrial revolution, agricultural revolution and digital age -- along with the tripling of human population that has happened in my lifetime -- were all enabled by fossil fuels. Carl Safin, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 The second industrial revolution in the mid-to-late 19th century ushered in mass production and assembly lines through advancement in electricity and communication networks. Peter Swaniker, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Methane and nitrous oxide levels were also at record highs, at 262% and 123%, respectively, of levels in 1750, before the industrial revolution began a centuries-long process of human disruption of the Earth's atmosphere. Rob Picheta, CNN, 25 Oct. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'industrial revolution.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of industrial revolution

1840, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About industrial revolution

Time Traveler for industrial revolution

Time Traveler

The first known use of industrial revolution was in 1840

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near industrial revolution

industrial-revenue bond

industrial revolution

industrial school

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for industrial revolution

Last Updated

22 Nov 2021

Cite this Entry

“Industrial revolution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/industrial%20revolution. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on industrial revolution

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about industrial revolution

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!