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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·dus·tri·ous a.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : persevering determination to perform a task; "his diligence
          won him quick promotions"; "frugality and industry are
          still regarded as virtues" [syn: diligence, industry]