What does quarry mean?

Definitions for quarry
ˈkwɔr i, ˈkwɒr iquar·ry

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prey, quarry, target, fair gamenoun

    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 pitnoun

    a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate

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

  3. prey, quarryverb

    animal hunted or caught for food

  4. quarryverb

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

    "quarry marble"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarrynoun

    same as 1st Quarrel

    Etymology: [OF. quarr.]

  2. Quarryadjective

    quadrate; square

    Etymology: [OF. quarr.]

  3. Quarrynoun

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

    Etymology: [OF. quarr.]

  4. Quarrynoun

    a heap of game killed

    Etymology: [OF. quarr.]

  5. Quarrynoun

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

    Etymology: [OF. quarr.]

  6. Quarryverb

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

    Etymology: [OF. quarr.]

  7. Quarrynoun

    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)

    Etymology: [OF. quarr.]

  8. Quarryverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. quarry

    The prey taken by whalers; a term borrowed from falconers.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. quarry

    An arrow with a square head, for a cross-bow, was so called.

Editors Contribution

  1. quarry

    A specific location that provides a variety of materials.

    The quarry was very productive.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

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

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

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  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

Examples of quarry in a Sentence

  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. Tony Bramwell:

    There’s this whole legend about how great The Quarry Men were, but they barely played any gigs in their life, as soon as Paul joined, most of the others left because they wanted to play skiffle jazz and didn’t want to play rock and roll. Then George Harrison joined and completely demolished the idea of The Quarry Men as a folk skiffle band.

  3. Jo Anne Van Tilburg:

    The near exclusive use of one quarry to produce these seventeen tools supports a view of craft specialization based on information exchange, but we can't know at this stage if the interaction was collaborative, it may also have been coercive in some way. Human behavior is complex. This study encourages further mapping and stone sourcing, and our excavations continue to shed new light on moai carving.

  4. Elysee Yanogo:

    We don't have information about when they are going to reopen, that's why I follow my mother to the quarry to help her.

  5. 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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    a convex shape that narrows toward a point
    • A. viverrine
    • B. ventricle
    • C. sousing
    • D. taper

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