1. Noun.  (uncountable) The tendency to work persistently.
  2. Noun.  (countable, business) Businesses of the same type, considered as a whole.
  3. Noun.  (uncountable, economics) Businesses that produce goods as opposed to services.
  4. Noun.  (context, in singular) The sector of the economy consisting of large-scale enterprises.
  5. Noun.  (context, European) Automated production of material goods{{cite web.

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