noun (plural industries)
- 1 [mass noun] Economic activity concerned with the processing of raw materials and manufacture of goods in factories: new investment incentives for British industryMore example sentences
- The union is now the biggest in the private sector and manufacturing industry.
- Manufacturing and industry produced a large range of products aimed at many different markets.
- Costs of smelters scrap metal and other problems are having a major impact on manufacturing industry.
- 1.1 [count noun, with adjective or noun modifier] A particular form or branch of economic or commercial activity: the car industryMore example sentences
- The technology industry has a poor track record in attracting female applicants.
- Keeping up with the Kiwis now is hard work, as the wine industry continues to grow like topsy
- In the airline industry emotional labour is vital to the success of the product.
- 1.2 [count noun, with adjective or noun modifier] • informal An activity or domain in which a great deal of effort is expended: the Shakespeare industryMore example sentences
- Another possible approach might examine Chaucerian criticism as a marketplace of ideas: how market-like is the ‘Chaucer industry’?
- The Mozart industry has thrown down the glove, challenging musicians and listeners to search out every nook in which a Mozart note may have hidden.
- 2 [mass noun] Hard work: the kitchen became a hive of industryMore example sentences
hard work, industriousness, diligence, assiduity, application, sedulousness, sedulity, conscientiousness, steadiness, tirelessness, persistence, pertinacity, perseverance, dedication, determination, rigour, rigorousness; activity, busyness, energy, vigour, effort, labour, dynamism, zeal, productiveness• archaic laboriousness, continuance• rare perseveration
- Her sewing room, based in her farm in Fife, which she shares with her fiancé, is a hive of industry.
- On some occasions three courts were sitting simultaneously and it was a hive of industry and justice.
- His industry, inventiveness and hard work said a lot about the way Celtic play the game.
late Middle English (in sense 2): from French industrie or Latin industria 'diligence'.