What does quarry mean?

Definitions for quarry
ˈkwɔr i, ˈkwɒr iquar·ry

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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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Quarrynoun

    Etymology: quarrè , Fr.

    To take down a quarry of glass to scowre, sodder, band, and to set it up again, is three halfpence a foot. John Mortimer.

    The shafts and quarries from their engines fly
    As thick as falling drops in April show’rs. Edward Fairfax.

    Your wife and babes
    Savagely slaughter’d; to relate the manner,
    Were on the quarry of these murder’d deer
    To add the death of you. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    She dwells among the rocks, on every side
    With broken mountains strongly fortify’d;
    From thence whatever can be seen surveys,
    And stooping, on the slaughter’d quarry preys. George Sandys.

    So scented the grim feature, and up turn’d
    His nostrils wide into the murky air,
    Sagacious of his quarry. John Milton.

    They their guns discharge;
    This heard some ships of ours, though out of view,
    And swift as eagles to the quarry flew. Edmund Waller.

    An hollow crystal pyramid he takes,
    In firmamental waters dipt above,
    Of it a broad extinguisher he makes,
    And hoods the flames that to their quarry strove. Dryden.

    No toil, no hardship can restrain
    Ambitious man inur’d to pain;
    The more confin’d, the more he tries,
    And at forbidden quarry flies. John Dryden, Horace.

    Ere now the god his arrows had not try’d,
    But on the trembling deer or mountain goat,
    At this new quarry he prepares to shoot. Dryden.

    Let reason then at her own quarry fly,
    But how can finite grasp infinity. Dryden.

    The same is said of stone out of the quarry, to make it more durable. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Pyramids and tow’rs
    From diamond quarries hewn, and rocks of gold. John Milton.

    Here though grief my feeble hands up lock,
    Yet on the soften’d quarry would I score
    My plaining verse as lively as before. John Milton.

    An hard and unrelenting she,
    As the new-crusted Niobe;
    Or, what doth more of statue carry,
    A nun of the Platonick quarry. John Cleveland.

    He like Amphion makes those quarries leap
    Into fair figures from a confus’d heap. Edmund Waller.

    Could necessity infallibly produce quarries of stone, which are the materials of all magnificent structures. More.

    For them alone the heav’ns had kindly heat
    In eastern quarries, ripening precious dew. Dryden.

    As long as the next coal-pit, quarry or chalk-pit will give abundant attestation to what I write, to these I may very safely appeal. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

  2. To Quarryverb

    To prey upon. A low word not in use.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    With cares and horrors at his heart, like the vulture that is day and night quarrying upon Prometheus’s liver. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. Quarry

    A quarry is a type of open-pit mine in which dimension stone, rock, construction aggregate, riprap, sand, gravel, or slate is excavated from the ground. The operation of quarries is regulated in some jurisdictions to reduce their environmental impact.The word quarry can also include the underground quarrying for stone, such as Bath stone.


  1. quarry

    A quarry is a type of open-pit mine or excavation site where materials such as stone, rock, sand, gravel, or minerals are extracted for construction or manufacturing purposes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarrynoun

    same as 1st Quarrel

  2. Quarryadjective

    quadrate; square

  3. Quarrynoun

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

  4. Quarrynoun

    a heap of game killed

  5. Quarrynoun

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

  6. Quarryverb

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

  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)

  8. Quarryverb

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

  9. 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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Quarry is ranked #47006 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Quarry surname appeared 452 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Quarry.

    85.4% or 386 total occurrences were White.
    6.4% or 29 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    6.1% or 28 total occurrences were Black.
    1.3% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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

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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. 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.

  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. 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.

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    pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
    A scarper
    B render
    C transpire
    D famish

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