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industrial US English

Of, relating to, or characterized by industry

industrial US Thesaurus

industrial areas of the city

industrial park US English

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

non-industrial US English

Not using or characterized by industry

industrial action US English

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

industrial diamond US English

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

industrial dispute US English

A dispute between employers and employees

industrial estate US English

British term for industrial park.

industrial union US English

See vertical union.

industrial archaeology US English

The study of equipment and buildings formerly used in industry

industrial democracy US English

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

industrial espionage US English

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

industrial language US English

Bad language; swearing

industrial melanism US English

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

industrial relations US English

The relations between management and workers in industry

Industrial Revolution US 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 US English

Very strong or powerful

military-industrial complex US English

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

Dow Jones Industrial Average US English

An index of figures indicating the relative price of shares on the New York Stock Exchange, based on the average price of selected stocks

Congress of Industrial Organizations US English

A federation of North American labor 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 US English

A radical US labor movement, founded in Chicago in 1905 and, as part of the syndicalist movement, dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism. Its popularity declined after World War I, and by 1925 its membership was insignificant

postindustrial US English

Of or relating to an economy that no longer relies on heavy industry

preindustrial US English

Of or relating to a time before industrialization


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