industry
noun (plural -tries) Etymology: Middle English (Scots) industrie, from Middle French, from Latin industria, from industrius diligent, from Old Latin indostruus, perhaps from indu in + -struus (akin to Latin struere to build) — more at end-, strew Date: 15th century 1. diligence in an employment or pursuit; especially steady or habitual effort 2. a. systematic labor especially for some useful purpose or the creation of something of value b. a department or branch of a craft, art, business, or manufacture; especially one that employs a large personnel and capital especially in manufacturing c. a distinct group of productive or profit-making enterprises <
the banking industry
>
d. manufacturing activity as a whole <
the nation's industry
>
3. work devoted to the study of a particular subject or author <
the Shakespeare industry
>
Synonyms: see business

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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