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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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