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AFL-CIO abbreviation of "American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations."
agribusiness large-scale industrial agriculture and related activities such as food-processing, equipment manufacture, and marketing.
aluminum a chemical element that has thirteen protons in each nucleus, occurs commonly in ores such as bauxite, and in pure form is a strong lightweight corrosion-resistant silvery metal with many industrial uses. (symbol: Al)
ammonium chloride a white crystalline salt used in dry cells, in medicine as an expectorant, and in various industrial applications; sal ammoniac.
balata a rubberlike gum that is made from the sap of this tree and is used in making golf balls, machine belts, and other industrial rubber items. [1/2 definitions]
blue-collar of or pertaining to industrial workers or the class of workers who earn wages rather than salaries. (Cf. white-collar.)
calcium fluoride a white powder used in cements and other industrial products and as a tooth decay preventive.
calcium oxide a soft white caustic powder used in the treatment of waste, as an industrial alkali, and in the manufacture of steel, glass, plaster, and insecticides; lime; quicklime.
chemical engineering the professional, scientific, or industrial use of chemistry and chemical products; technology of chemistry.
chemurgy the industrial development of new chemical products from organic raw materials, usu. farm products.
coke a residue consisting primarily of carbon that is left after coal has been heated in the absence of air, used as an industrial fuel and reducing agent. [1/2 definitions]
constructivism an early twentieth-century art movement, originating in the Soviet Union, in which industrial materials were used to create massive nonrepresentational works.
cornstarch a fine, starchy flour ground from corn grains, used as a thickener for cooked foods or a source of industrial starch.
Dow Jones industrial average trademark for the index of prices of thirty industrial stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and averaged daily.
exposition a public exhibition of artistic or industrial artifacts. [1/3 definitions]
factorage the business of one that receives a commission for carrying out commercial, industrial, or financial transactions for another. [1/2 definitions]
feedstock raw materials used in an industrial process, such as metal bars to be fed into a machine for cutting or shaping.
formic acid a colorless, caustic organic acid, naturally emitted by ants, nettles, spiders, and the like as a stinging defense, and synthetically produced for use in a variety of industrial processes.
graphite a soft black or gray form of carbon, used in lead pencils, dry lubricants, and many other industrial products.
guanidine a strongly basic water-soluble crystalline compound used in the manufacture of plastics, resins, and other industrial products.
hardware machines, equipment, or weapons used in industrial and military operations. [1/3 definitions]