1. Devotion to industrial pursuits; labor; industry. J. S. Mill.
2. The principles or policy applicable to industrial pursuits or organized labor.
Industrialism must not confounded with industriousness.H. Spencer.
(In*dus"tri*al*ly), adv. With reference to industry.
(In*dus"tri*ous) a. [L. industrius, industriosus: cf. F. industrieux. See Industry.]
1. Given to industry; characterized by diligence; constantly, regularly, or habitually occupied; busy; assiduous; not
slothful or idle; commonly implying devotion to lawful and useful labor.
Frugal and industrious men are commonly friendly to the established government.Sir W. Temple.
2. Steadily and perseveringly active in a particular pursuit or aim; as, he was negligent in business, but
industrious in pleasure; an industrious mischief maker.
Industrious to seek out the truth of all things.Spenser.
In*dus"tri*ous*ly, adv. In*dus"tri*ous*ness, n.
(In"dus*try) n.; pl. Industries [L. industria, cf. industrius diligent; of uncertain origin: cf. F.
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.
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.
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.
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.