Definitions for quarryˈkwɔr i, ˈkwɒr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quar•ryˈkwɔr i, ˈkwɒr i(n.)(pl.)-ries

  1. (n.)an excavation or pit, usu. open to the air, from which building stone, slate, or the like, is obtained by cutting, blasting, etc.

    Category: Building Trades, Mining

  2. an abundant source or supply.

  3. (v.t.)to obtain from or as if from a quarry.

    Category: Building Trades, Mining

  4. to make a quarry in.

    Category: Mining

Origin of quarry:

1375–1425; ME quarey (n.) < OF quarriere < VL *quadrāria place where stone is squared

quar•ryˈkwɔr i, ˈkwɒr i(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. an animal or bird hunted or pursued.

  2. game, esp. game hunted with hounds or hawks.

  3. any object of search, pursuit, or attack.

Origin of quarry:

1275–1325; ME querre < OF cuiree, der. of cuir skin, hide < L corium

quar•ryˈkwɔr i, ˈkwɒr i(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. a square stone or tile.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. Category: Building Trades, Architecture

    Ref: quarrel2 (def. 2). 2 2

Origin of quarry:

1545–55; n. use of obs. quarry (adj.) square < OF quarre < L quadrātusquadrate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prey, quarry, target, fair game(noun)

    a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence

    "he fell prey to muggers"; "everyone was fair game"; "the target of a manhunt"

  2. pit, quarry, stone pit(noun)

    a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate

    "a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'"

  3. prey, quarry(verb)

    animal hunted or caught for food

  4. quarry(verb)

    extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry

    "quarry marble"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. quarry(noun)ˈkwɔr i, ˈkwɒr i

    a place where stone is dug out of the ground

    a lime quarry

  2. quarry(verb)ˈkwɔr i, ˈkwɒr i

    to dig stone out of the ground

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarry(noun)

    same as 1st Quarrel

  2. Quarry(adj)

    quadrate; square

  3. Quarry(noun)

    a part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to the hounds

  4. Quarry(noun)

    a heap of game killed

  5. Quarry(noun)

    the object of the chase; the animal hunted for; game; especially, the game hunted with hawks

  6. Quarry(verb)

    to secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy

  7. Quarry(noun)

    a place, cavern, or pit where stone is taken from the rock or ledge, or dug from the earth, for building or other purposes; a stone pit. See 5th Mine (a)

  8. Quarry(verb)

    to dig or take from a quarry; as, to quarry marble


  1. Quarry

    A quarry is a type of open-pit mine from which rock or minerals are extracted. Quarries are generally used for extracting building materials, such as dimension stone, construction aggregate, riprap, sand, and gravel. They are often collocated with concrete and asphalt plants due to the requirement for large amounts of aggregate in those materials. Open mines that produce minerals are typically referred to as open pit mines. The word quarry can include underground quarrying for stone, such as Bath stone.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quarry' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3720

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quarry' in Nouns Frequency: #2590

Translations for quarry

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a hunted animal or bird.

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