What does quarry mean?

Definitions for quarryˈkwɔr i, ˈkwɒr i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word quarry.

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"

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

  9. Origin: [OF. quarr.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quarry

    kwor′i, n. an excavation from which stone is taken for building, &c., by cutting, blasting, &c.—v.t. to dig from a quarry:—pa.t. and pa.p. quarr′ied.adj. Quarr′iable, capable of being quarried.—ns. Quarr′ier, Quarr′y-man, a man who works in a quarry.—adj. Quarr′y-faced, rough-faced.—ns. Quarr′ying-machine′, a rock-drill; Quarr′y-wa′ter, the water contained in the pores of stone while unquarried, or newly quarried, before its evaporation. [O. Fr. quarriere (Fr. carrière)—Low L. quadraria—L. quadratus, square.]

  2. Quarry

    kwor′i, n. the entrails of the game given to the dogs after the chase: the object of the chase: the game a hawk is pursuing or has killed: a heap of dead game. [O. Fr. curee, cuireecuir, the skin—L. corium, hide.]

  3. Quarry

    kwor′i, n. a small square tile.—adj. Quarr′ied, paved with such. [O. Fr. quarre—L. quadratus, square.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quarry in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quarry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Abbas Gullet:

    This (is) ... what we understand, (they) were quarry workers. They were sleeping when they were attacked early hours of this morning.

  2. Bharavi:

    The undertaking of a careless man succeeds not, though he use the right expedients: a clever hunter, though well placed in ambush, kills not his quarry if he falls asleep.

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