Advertisement
37 entries found.
Search filter: All Results 
industrial (adj.)
1774, "resulting from labor," from French industriel, from Medieval Latin industrialis, from Latin industria "diligence, activity" (see industry). There is an isolated earlier used in the same sense from 1580s, from Latin industria.

The main modern meaning "pertaining to the manufacture of commodities, connected with the application of industry to manufactures" is from 1830, from a sense in French.

Meaning "suitable for industrial use" is from 1904. As a style of dance music, attested from 1988. Industrial revolution was in use by 1840 to refer to what were then recent developments and changes in England and elsewhere.
Related entries & more 
Advertisement
industrialism (n.)
1831, from industrial + -ism. Probably modeled on French industrialisme (Saint-Simon, 1823).
Related entries & more 
industrialist (n.)
1846, from industrial + -ist. Perhaps modeled on French industrialiste (Saint-Simon, 1823). Earlier "one who makes a living by productive industry" (1837).
Related entries & more 
industrialize (v.)
1852, from industrial + -ize. Probably modeled on French industrialiser (1842). Related: Industrialized; industrializing.
Related entries & more 
industrious (adj.)

1550s, "characterized by energy, effort, and attention; marked by industry," from French industrieux (c. 1500) and directly from Late Latin industriosus, from Latin industria "diligence, activity" (see industry). Of persons, "given to industry, working diligently," 1590s. It retains the etymological sense of the Latin word while industrial serves in the modern senses. Related: Industriously; industriousness.

Related entries & more 
Advertisement
throughput (n.)
"energy, activity," 1808, Scottish slang; from through + put. Industrial sense is from 1915.
Related entries & more 
Birmingham 
industrial city in central England, 1086, Bermingehame, literally "homestead of the place (or people) named for Beorma, some forgotten Anglo-Saxon person, whose name probably is a shortening of Beornmund. The Birmingham in Alabama, U.S., was founded 1871 as an industrial center and named for the English city.
Related entries & more 
Wobbly (n.)
1914, member of Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.). Probably some sort of elaboration of the W aspect of the acronym.
Related entries & more 
lant (n.)
"stale urine used for industrial purposes, chamber-lye," Old English hland.
Related entries & more 
brownfield (n.)
abandoned or disused industrial land, often contaminated to some degree, 1992, American English, from brown (adj.) + field (n.).
Related entries & more