• IPA: /ˈɪndəstɹi/, /ˈɪndʌstri/


  1. (uncountable) The tendency to work persistently. Diligence.
    • 1941, Ogden Nash, "The Ant", in The Face is Familiar, Garden City Publishing Company, page 224.
      The ant has made himself illustrious / Through constant industry industrious. / So what? / Would you be calm and placid / If you were full of formic acid?
    Over the years, their industry and business sense made them wealthy.
  2. (countable, business, economics) Businesses of the same type, considered as a whole. Trade.
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 2, gbooks :
      Long before popular music evolved its many genres and subgenres, the industry was driven by a simple one-size-fits-all philosophy uncomplicated by impassioned debates over the origins of trip hop or the difference between deatchore and screamo.
    The software and tourism industries continue to grow, while the steel industry remains troubled.
    The steel industry has long used blast furnaces to smelt iron.
  3. (uncountable, economics) Businesses that produce goods as opposed to services.
  4. (in the singular, economics) The sector of the economy consisting of large-scale enterprises.
    There used to be a lot of industry around here, but now the economy depends on tourism.
  5. (European software patent law) Automated production of material goods.
  6. (archaeology) A typological classification of stone tools, associated with a technocomplex.
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