Definitions of industry

  1. persevering determination to perform a task; " his diligence won him quick promotions"; " frugality and industry are still regarded as virtues"
  2. the people engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise; " each industry has its own trade publications"
  3. the organized action of making of goods and services for sale; " American industry is making increased use of computers to control production"
  4. the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise; " each industry has its own trade publications"
  5. Any department or branch of art, occupation, or business; especially, one which employs much labor and capital and is a distinct branch of trade; as, the sugar industry; the iron industry; the cotton industry.
  6. Human exertion of any kind employed for the creation of value, and regarded by some as a species of capital or wealth; labor.
  7. Habitual diligence in any employment or pursuit, either bodily or mental; steady attention to business; assiduity; - opposed to sloth and idleness; as, industry pays debts, while idleness or despair will increase them.
  8. The aggregate of manufacturing or technically productive enterprises in a particular field, often named after its principle product, as " the automobile industry", " the steel industry". It includes the ownership and management of companies, factories, industrial plants, etc. ( From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)
  9. Steady attention to business or labor; productive labor; a particular branch of work or trade.
  10. Quality of being industrious: steady application to labor: habitual diligence: applied also to occupations and various classes of manufacturing; as, the iron and steel industry, etc.
  11. Diligence in labor; labor.
  12. Earnest or constant application to work.
  13. Useful labor; any branch of productive work.
  14. Habitual diligence in any employment; steady application to labour; assiduity; a productive occupation.
  15. Habitual diligence in any employment or pursuit.

Usage examples for industry

  1. The ground,- in other countries the gift of nature,- is here the result of industry. – Holland, v. 1 (of 2) by Edmondo de Amicis
  2. He was very fond of the arts, and was sensible that the promotion of industry ought to be the peculiar care of the head of the Government. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  3. Have not machines, and the demands of industry run away with our sense of proportion? – Another Sheaf by John Galsworthy
  4. Again: " He went from London to York;" " she is above disguise;" " they are supported by industry." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  5. Under his encouragement, and especially to please him, I won every prize that industry, intelligence, and good conduct could obtain; and I rose, at an unusually early age, to be the head boy in the first class. – The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins
  6. Want to keep the cotton industry up here in the valley. – The Desert Fiddler by William H. Hamby
  7. The growth of this industry is most significant for the future of grape- growing in the region. – Manual of American Grape-Growing by U. P. Hedrick
  8. The industry of the people, whether in city or country, is as amazing as their courtesy. – The Critic in the Orient by George Hamlin Fitch
  9. War is a business, a great industry, now. – A Minstrel In France by Harry Lauder
  10. It is the development of the appeal industry among lawyers for the defense. – The Subterranean Brotherhood by Julian Hawthorne
  11. Industry need not wish. – Young's Demonstrative Translation of Scientific Secrets by Daniel Young
  12. Aloud he said, The manufacture of automobiles is going to be a tremendous industry. – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  13. In like manner all industry is carried on. – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  14. " There was nothing for it but to follow their lead, and accordingly we followed with industry. – Maiwa's Revenge The War of the Little Hand by H. Rider Haggard
  15. The growing of sweet potatoes a valuable industry. – Alden's Handy Atlas of the World by John B. Alden
  16. What a teacher industry is! – The True Citizen, How To Become One by W. F. Markwick, D. D. and W. A. Smith, A. B.
  17. Now it stands open to every curious native or foreigner and it has even as an exhibition building been already pressed into the service of industry. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  18. For by industry the owner of the Kent lands would become rich. – Richard Carvel, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  19. And just fancy, continued Wally, driving home his chum's nails with considerable industry, just fancy if young Fisher was to have to sit up here swotting over lines, just when his brother wants his vote in Hall on Friday! – The Cock-House at Fellsgarth by Talbot Baines Reed
  20. My thoughts were not diverted by work for my friends, or by the administration of affairs of state; there was no pleasure in pleading in the courts; I could not bear the very sight of the Senate House; I felt, as was indeed too true, that I had lost all the harvest of both my industry and my success. – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume II (of X) - Rome by Various