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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Industry  \In"dus*try\,  n.;  pl  {Industries}.  [L.  industria,  cf 
  industrius  diligent;  of  uncertain  origin:  cf  F.  industrie.] 
  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}. 




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