industrial in‧dus‧tri‧al [ɪnˈdʌstriəl] adjective
1. connected with industry:

• big industrial companies such as Fiat S.p.A

• The industrial sector remained weak at the end of the first quarter.

• China's industrial output dropped sharply after floods stopped production in many factories.

2. having many industries, or industries that are well developed:

• The industrial nations are less dependent on oil than they were a decade ago.

• the industrial heartland (= the part where there is most industry ) of Southern California

3. of the type used in industry:

• a company that sells industrial fire alarms.

• companies with big interests in industrial chemicals

industrial products such as cooling and heating equipment

— see also industrials

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industrial UK US /ɪnˈdʌstriəl/ adjective
relating to industry: »

Building ships has ranked for years as one of the more dangerous industrial jobs.


Industrial output fell in April.


an industrial company

used in industry: »

Orders for industrial equipment have increased.


industrial chemicals/cleaners


industrial goods/products

having a lot of industry and factories: »

These workers have some of the best wages in industrial America.


an industrial city/country

relating to businesses in general, not people: »

The rate cuts affect everything from home mortgages to commercial and industrial loans.


industrial customers

HR relating to someone's work or job: »

He lost his hand in an industrial accident in 2008.


industrial injury

See also POST-INDUSTRIAL(Cf. ↑post-industrial)
industrially /ɪnˈdʌstriəli/ adverb

a chemical that is used


industrially advanced economies


industrially produced carbon dioxide

industrial UK US /ɪnˈdʌstriəl/ noun
[C] a company whose main business is producing goods: »

Earnings reports from key companies in banking, technology and the industrials have been released.

industrials — Cf. industrials

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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