industrial strength

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industrial strength (not comparable)

  1. Made for use by businesses or manufacturers, as opposed to home consumers, and therefore typically larger, stronger, more difficult to operate, and less attractive in appearance.
    The office was now large enough to need an industrial strength vacuum cleaner.
  2. (often used whimsically) Unusually large or potent.
    That's one industrial strength cockroach! I'll need the industrial strength bug spray.

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Noun[edit]

industrial strength (plural industrial strengths)

  1. Ability or capacity, as related to industry.
    It was many decades before the war-ravaged country regained its industrial strength.

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