industrial revolution

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

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1840


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