Meaning of “the Industrial Revolution” in the English Dictionary

"the Industrial Revolution" in British English

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(Definition of “the Industrial Revolution” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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industrial revolutionnoun [ C ]

us /ɪnˈdʌs·tri·əl ˌrev·əˈlu·ʃən/

a period in which the development of machinery leads to major changes in agriculture, industry, transportation, and social conditions, esp. the Industrial Revolution in England in the 18th century

(Definition of “industrial revolution” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"industrial revolution" in Business English

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industrial revolutionnoun

uk us
the Industrial Revolution

[ S ] the period of time during the 18th and 19th centuries in which work began to be done more by machines in factories than by hand at home:

The earliest cranes were constructed from wood, but cast iron and steel took over with the coming of the Industrial Revolution.

[ C ] any period of time during which there is a lot of growth in industry or in a particular industry:

Investors are betting on a "second industrial revolution."
The internet is driving an industrial revolution in which a lot of businesses are going to make a great pile of money.

(Definition of “industrial revolution” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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