What is the difference between enterprise and industrial?

enterprise | industrial |

As nouns the difference between enterprise and industrial

is that enterprise is a company, business, organization, or other purposeful endeavor while industrial is an employee in industry.

As a verb enterprise

is to undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.

As an adjective industrial is

of or relating to industry, notably manufacturing.


Alternative forms

* enterprize (chiefly archaic) * entreprise (chiefly archaic)


(en noun)
  • A company, business, organization, or other purposeful endeavor.
  • The (GSEs) are a group of financial services corporations which have been created by the United States Congress.
    A micro-enterprise is defined as a business having 5 or fewer employees and a low seed capital.
  • An undertaking or project, especially a daring and courageous one.
  • Biosphere 2 was a scientific enterprise aimed at the exploration of the complex web of interactions within life systems.
  • A willingness to undertake new or risky projects; energy and initiative.
  • He has shown great enterprise throughout his early career.
  • an active participation in projects
  • Synonyms

    * initiative

    Derived terms

    * enterprising * commercial enterprise * scientific enterprise


  • To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.
  • (Alexander Pope)
  • To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon.
  • * Dryden
  • The business must be enterprised this night.
  • * T. Otway
  • What would I not renounce or enterprise for you!
  • To treat with hospitality; to entertain.
  • * Spenser
  • Him at the threshold met, and well did enterprise .
    (Webster 1913)




    (en adjective)
  • Of or relating to industry, notably manufacturing.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=29, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Unspontaneous combustion , passage=Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia. The cheapest way to clear logged woodland is to burn it, producing an acrid cloud of foul white smoke that, carried by the wind, can cover hundreds, or even thousands, of square miles.}}
  • Produced by such industry.
  • Used by such industry.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, author=(Edwin Black)
  • , title=Internal Combustion, chapter=2 citation , passage=More than a mere source of Promethean sustenance to thwart the cold and cook one's meat, wood was quite simply mankind's first industrial and manufacturing fuel.}}
  • Suitable for use in such industry; industrial-grade.
  • Massive in scale or quantity.
  • Employed as manpower by such industry.
  • (of a society or country) Having many industries; industrialized.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Old soldiers? , passage=Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine. The machine gun is so much more lethal than the bow and arrow that comparisons are meaningless.}}
  • (music) Belonging or pertaining to the genre of industrial music.
  • Antonyms

    * nonindustrial * unindustrial

    Derived terms

    * industrialism * industrialize * industrially * industrialness * industrial arts * industrial espionage * industrial production * industrial scale * industrial school * industrial strength * industrial tribunal * industrial union


    (en noun)
  • An employee in industry
  • (business) An enterprise producing tangible goods or providing certain services to industrial companies.
  • (finance) A bond or stock issued by such company
  • industrial music
  • I wish they'd play more industrial in this club.

    Derived terms

    * Dow Jones Industrial Average