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 : engaged in industry the industrial classes
3 : characterized by highly developed industries an industrial nation
4 : used in or developed for use in industry industrial diamonds also : heavy-duty an industrial zipper
5 : derived from human industry industrial wealth



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 industrial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of industrial in a Sentence

Adjective There are thousands of industrial uses for plastic.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While officials have vowed to increase coal supply and allowed for higher electricity prices, economists say the power shortage could persist for months and push up industrial inflation, which grew at a record pace in September. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 Along with industrial efficiency, Dhaliwal said the new factory adds personal time to the lives of the company’s workers with a shorter commute to work. Steve Sadin,, 18 Oct. 2021 Its Sunset Glenoaks Studios is expected to be completed in late 2023 in an industrial district on Peoria Street near Glenoaks Boulevard. Roger Vincent Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2021 It was initially used by Dairy Distributors Inc. Trombetta Corp., which makes solenoids and other industrial power products, moved to the building in 1964 from Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Oct. 2021 The Biden administration is launching a broad strategy to regulate toxic industrial compounds associated with serious health conditions that are used in products ranging from cookware to carpets and firefighting foams. CBS News, 18 Oct. 2021 Construction and housing sales, an important source of demand for steel, copper and other industrial imports, have slowed since regulators ordered developers to reduce their debt levels. Joe Mcdonald, ajc, 18 Oct. 2021 Workers at a West Virginia-producer of industrial pump parts went on strike Oct. 1 seeking better seniority rights. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 18 Oct. 2021 Overall industrial output rose just 3.1 percent in September compared with a year earlier, marking the slowest growth since March 2020, during the first wave of the pandemic. NBC News, 18 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That means those five companies' sector weighting is roughly equal to the combination of three of the stock market's weakest sectors: financials (10%), industrials (8%) and energy (3%). Matt Egan, CNN, 27 May 2020 The industrials sector, for example, includes the airline industry as well as the construction industry, while the health care sector includes everything from hospitals to medical-device makers and biotech companies. Dallas News, 24 May 2020 Wall Street looked set for losses, with the future contract for the S&P 500 down 2.1%, while the contract for the Dow industrials lost 2.5%. Elaine Kurtenbach, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2020 The Dow industrials slid 352 points, or 1.5%, to close at 23324 on Wednesday, after falling as many as 513 points while Mr. Powell spoke. Kate Davidson, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2018 Wall Street looked set for losses, with the future contract for the S&P 500 down 0.6%, while the contract for the Dow industrials lost 1%. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2020 The Dow industrials were also down, but the Nasdaq composite was up slightly. Author: Stan Choe, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Apr. 2020 The Dow industrials finished the day up 1,351.62 points, or 6.4%, to 22552.17, launching the blue-chip index back into bull-market territory. Chong Koh Ping, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2020 The Dow industrials added 0.15%, or 38 points, to finish at 26,504. CBS News, 19 June 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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The first known use of industrial was in 1600

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21 Oct 2021

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“Industrial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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

Other Words from industrial

industrially adverb


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