1. the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise;
- Example: "each industry has its own trade publications"
2. the organized action of making of goods and services for sale;
- Example: "American industry is making increased use of computers to control production"
[syn: industry, manufacture]
3. persevering determination to perform a task;
- Example: "his diligence won him quick promotions"
- Example: "frugality and industry are still regarded as virtues"
[syn: diligence, industriousness, industry]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Industry \In"dus*try\, n.; pl. Industries. [L. industria, cf. industrius diligent; of uncertain origin: cf. F. industrie.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] We are more industrious than our forefathers, because in the present times the funds destined for the maintenance of industry are much greater in proportion to those which are likely to be employed in the maintenance of idleness, than they were two or three centuries ago. --A. Smith. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] 3. (Polit. Econ.) Human exertion of any kind employed for the creation of value, and regarded by some as a species of capital or wealth; labor. Syn: Diligence; assiduity; perseverance; activity; laboriousness; attention. See Diligence. [1913 Webster]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Industry, CA (city, FIPS 36490) Location: 34.01340 N, 117.92154 W Population (1990): 631 (139 housing units) Area: 30.0 sq km (land), 0.5 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 91744 Industry, IL (village, FIPS 37439) Location: 40.32723 N, 90.60800 W Population (1990): 571 (245 housing units) Area: 1.2 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 61440 Industry, PA (borough, FIPS 36944) Location: 40.65595 N, 80.40975 W Population (1990): 2124 (792 housing units) Area: 24.5 sq km (land), 1.9 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 15052 Industry, TX Zip code(s): 78944Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
161 Moby Thesaurus words for "industry": Aktiengesellschaft, activity, aktiebolag, application, ardor, assiduity, assiduousness, balance of trade, big business, body corporate, bulldog tenacity, business, business dealings, business establishment, bustle, cartel, chamber of commerce, combine, commerce, commercial affairs, commercial enterprise, commercial relations, compagnie, company, concentration, concern, conglomerate, conglomerate corporation, consolidating company, consortium, constancy, copartnership, corporate body, corporation, dealing, dealings, determination, diligence, dirty work, diversified corporation, dogged perseverance, doggedness, donkeywork, drudgery, dynamism, earnestness, effort, employment, endurance, energeticalness, energy, engrossment, enterprise, exertion, fag, fair trade, fatigue, fervor, fidelity, firm, free trade, grind, handiwork, handwork, holding company, house, hustle, indefatigability, industriousness, insistence, insistency, intercourse, joint-stock association, joint-stock company, labor, laboriousness, lick, lick of work, loyalty, manual labor, manufacture, market, marketing, mercantile business, merchantry, moil, multilateral trade, obstinacy, operating company, pains, painstaking, painstakingness, partnership, patience, patience of Job, permanence, perseverance, persistence, persistency, pertinaciousness, pertinacity, plodding, plugging, plunderbund, pool, preoccupation, production, public utility, rat race, reciprocal trade, relentlessness, resolution, restraint of trade, scut work, sedulity, sedulousness, single-mindedness, singleness of purpose, slavery, slogging, small business, spadework, stability, stamina, staying power, steadfastness, steadiness, stick-to-itiveness, stock company, strenuousness, stroke, stroke of work, stubbornness, sweat, syndicate, task, tenaciousness, tenacity, the business world, the marketplace, thoroughgoingness, thoroughness, tirelessness, tiresome work, toil, trade, trade association, traffic, travail, treadmill, truck, trust, unilateral trade, unremittingness, unsparingness, unswerving attention, utility, vehemence, vigor, work, zealousness