1. Given to industry; characterized by diligence; constantly, regularly, or habitually occupied; busy; assiduous; not slothful or idle; -- commonly implying devotion to lawful and useful labor.
Frugal and industrious men are commonly friendly to the established government. --Sir W. Temple.
2. Steadily and perseveringly active in a particular pursuit or aim; as, he was negligent in business, but industrious in pleasure; an industrious mischief maker.
Industrious to seek out the truth of all things. --Spenser.
-- In*dus*tri*ous*ly, adv. -- In*dus*tri*ous*ness, n.
adj 1: characterized by hard work and perseverance [syn: hardworking,
2: working hard to promote an enterprise [syn: energetic, gumptious,