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 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.

Definitions of industrial
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or resulting from industry
    industrial output”
  2. adjective
    having highly developed industries
    “the industrial revolution”
    “an industrial nation”
    developed, highly-developed
    (used of societies) having high industrial development
    industrialised, industrialized
    made industrial; converted to industrialism
    of or relating to a society or economy marked by a lessened importance of manufacturing and an increase of services, information, and research
    favoring or promoting progress
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    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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  3. adjective
    employed in industry
    “the industrial classes”
    industrial work”
    of or designating manual industrial work or workers
  4. adjective
    suitable to stand up to hard wear
    industrial carpeting”
    designed for heavy work
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