industrial

Something industrial has to do with industry or factories. If you're taking a stroll alone at night, avoid the industrial areas — there aren't many people around after business hours and it can be kind of spooky.

Industrial, besides meaning "having to do with industry," has also come to mean "tough," capable of withstanding factor wear and tear. If you're carpeting your home, avoid industrial carpet. It's easy to clean but not so soft. An industrial nation is a developed nation with manufacturing as part of its economy. If you work in the industrial sector, as opposed to say the arts sector, you work in manufacturing.

Primary Meanings of industrial

1.
adj
of or relating to or resulting from industry
2.
adj
suitable to stand up to hard wear
Full Definitions of industrial
1

adj of or relating to or resulting from industry

industrial output”

adj having highly developed industries

“the industrial revolution”
“an industrial nation”
Synonyms:
developed, highly-developed
(used of societies) having high industrial development
industrialised, industrialized
made industrial; converted to industrialism
postindustrial
of or relating to a society or economy marked by a lessened importance of manufacturing and an increase of services, information, and research
progressive
favoring or promoting progress
Antonyms:
nonindustrial
not having highly developed manufacturing enterprises
developing, underdeveloped
relating to societies in which capital needed to industrialize is in short supply
unindustrialised, unindustrialized
not converted to industrialism
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adj employed in industry

“the industrial classes”
industrial work”
Synonyms:
blue-collar
of or designating manual industrial work or workers
2

adj suitable to stand up to hard wear

industrial carpeting”
Synonyms:
heavy-duty
designed for heavy work

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