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industrial British & World English

Relating to or characterized by industry

industrial English Thesaurus

the industrial areas of the city

industrial park British & World English

North American term for industrial estate.

non-industrial British & World English

Not using or characterized by industry

post-industrial British & World English

Relating to or denoting an economy which no longer relies on heavy industry

pre-industrial British & World English

Relating to a time before industrialization

industrial action British & World English

Action taken by employees of a company as a protest, especially striking or working to rule

industrial diamond British & World English

A small diamond, not of gem quality, used in abrasives and in cutting and drilling tools

industrial dispute British & World English

A dispute between employers and employees

industrial estate British & World English

An area of land developed as a site for factories and other industrial businesses

industrial archaeology British & World English

The study of equipment and buildings formerly used in industry

industrial democracy British & World English

The involvement of employees in the running of an industry, factory, company, etc.

industrial espionage British & World English

Spying directed towards discovering the secrets of a rival manufacturer or other industrial company

industrial language British & World English

Bad language; swearing

industrial melanism British & World English

The prevalence of dark-coloured varieties of animals (especially moths) in industrial areas where they are better camouflaged than paler forms

industrial relations British & World English

The relations between management and workers in industry

Industrial Revolution British & World English

The rapid development of industry that occurred in Britain in the late 18th and 19th centuries, brought about by the introduction of machinery. It was characterized by the use of steam power, the growth of factories, and the mass production of manufactured goods

industrial-strength British & World English

Very strong or powerful

military-industrial complex British & World English

A country’s military establishment and those industries producing arms or other military materials, regarded as a powerful vested interest

Congress of Industrial Organizations British & World English

A federation of North American trade unions, organized largely by industry rather than craft. In 1955 it merged with the American Federation of Labor to form the AFL-CIO

Industrial Workers of the World British & World English

A radical US labour movement, founded in 1905 and, as part of the syndicalist movement, dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism


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