Pronunciation: (in'du-strē),[key] —n., —pl.-triesfor 1, 2, 7. 1. the aggregate of manufacturing or technically productive enterprises in a particular field, often named after its principal product: the automobile industry; the steel industry. 2. any general business activity; commercial enterprise: the Italian tourist industry. 3. trade or manufacture in general: the rise of industry in Africa. 4. the ownership and management of companies, factories, etc.: friction between labor and industry. 5. systematic work or labor.
6. energetic, devoted activity at any work or task; diligence: Her teacher praised her industry. 7. the aggregate of work, scholarship, and ancillary activity in a particular field, often named after its principal subject: the Mozart industry. 8. Archaeol.an assemblage of artifacts regarded as unmistakably the work of a single prehistoric group.