From French industrie, from Latin industria (“diligence, activity, industry”), from industrius (“diligent, active, zealous”), from Old Latin indostruus (“diligent, active”); origin unknown. Perhaps from indu (“in”) + ūst-, ūstr-, stem of ūrō (“burn, burn up, consume”, v), related to Old High German ūstrī (“industry”), Old English andūstrian (“to hate, detest”, literally “to be consumed with zeal”).
industry (countable and uncountable; plural industries)
- (uncountable) The tendency to work persistently.
- Over the years, their industry and business sense made them wealthy.
- 2011 November 12, “International friendly: England 1-0 Spain”, BBC Sport:
- England's win was built on industry and discipline, epitomised by the performances of Manchester City's Joleon Lescott in defence and Scott Parker in midfield.
- (countable, business, economics) Businesses of the same type, considered as a whole.
- 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.
- (uncountable, economics) Businesses that produce goods as opposed to services.
- There used to be a lot of industry around here, but now the economy depends on tourism.
- 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, Internal Combustion:
- But through the oligopoly, charcoal fuel proliferated throughout London's trades and industries. By the 1200s, brewers and bakers, tilemakers, glassblowers, pottery producers, and a range of other craftsmen all became hour-to-hour consumers of charcoal.
- (in singular, economics) The sector of the economy consisting of large-scale enterprises.
- (European software patents) Automated production of material goods.
- 2007, Dominique Guellec; Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, The economics of the European patent system, page 122:
- It is a classical and restricted view both of industry (it excludes service sectors, now 70% of the GDP of developed economies)
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Terms derived from "industry"
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tendency to work persistently
businesses of the same type
businesses that produce goods
- ^ European Parliament (2003-09-24), "Europarl 2003-09-24: Amended Software Patent Directive",
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