Commercial production and sale of goods. A specific branch of manufacture and trade: the textile industry. See Synonyms at business. The sector of an economy made up of manufacturing enterprises: government regulation of industry. Industrial management. Energetic devotion to a task or an endeavor; diligence: demonstrated great intelligence and industry as a prosecutor. Ongoing work or study associated with a specified subject or figure: the Civil War industry; the Hemingway industry. Archaeology A collection of artifacts or tools made from a specified material: a Mesolithic bone industry. Archaeology A standardized tradition of toolmaking associated with a specified tool or culture: a stone hand-ax industry; the Acheulian industry.