There are 3 definitions of quarry in English:

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noun (plural quarries)

A place, typically a large, deep pit, from which stone or other materials are or have been extracted: a limestone quarry
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  • The materials extracted from the quarries - used widely in the local building industry - contained large quantities of fibrous amphiboles.
  • He was a crack skier and mountaineer, whose strength had been built up breaking up stones in a limestone quarry during the war.
  • The operators want to dig deeper seams within the quarry - up to 15 metres below the existing level.

verb (quarries, quarrying, quarried)

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1Extract (stone or other materials) from a quarry: limestone is quarried for use in blast furnaces
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  • As part of these efforts, prisoners dug sand for mortar, quarried building stone and mortar lime, and manufactured more than 1.2 million bricks.
  • Lime was quarried in Rockland and shipped by rail to distant points, but this was an industry in decline.
  • Glass can be recycled indefinitely, helping the environment by reducing the amount of raw materials being quarried from the countryside, saving energy and helping to reduce global warming.
1.1Cut into (rock or ground) to obtain stone or other materials: the hillside had been quarried for many years figurative the papers have been extensively quarried by historians
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  • At a significantly later date the rock dome was quarried, and some of the phase 1 carvings were broken through.
  • These volumes have been quarried by historians for decades for ‘shocking truths’ of ‘intolerable conditions’ of filth and depravity in early industrial towns.
  • The scar created by quarrying the hillside is visible from a wide area, but working of the scar face is now completed and progress is being made below the level of surrounding land.

Origin

Middle English: from a variant of medieval Latin quareria, from Old French quarriere, based on Latin quadrum 'a square'. The verb dates from the late 18th century.

Derivatives

quarrier

noun
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  • This included over £2,000 on materials, together with the wages of the 450 masons, 375 quarriers, and 1,800 other workmen employed, plus payment of the garrison.
  • Both bedding planes and joints are planes of weakness exploited by quarriers, and control the maximum block size that can be obtained from a stratum.
  • At its peak it employed 50 quarriers but it went into decline in the 1940s.

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There are 3 definitions of quarry in English:

quarry2

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noun (plural quarries)

1An animal pursued by a hunter, hound, predatory mammal, or bird of prey: grouse are not an easy quarry for a hawk
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  • Moreover, hunting is not a natural encounter between predator and quarry because, unlike animals, humans are responsible for their actions.
  • Secondly, a fox is not a recognised quarry for a bird of prey.
  • Yet, that's about how long falconry - the sport of flying birds of prey at wild quarry - has been around.
1.1A thing or person that is chased or sought: the security police crossed the border in pursuit of their quarry
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  • We're off to chase down our quarry so we can personally deliver his paid-for ticket to the Eastwood Rugby Club function centre this Saturday night.
  • This addition to weaponry technology could seek out its quarry by detecting the heat traces produced by a person's body.
  • It now appears that the description of someone jumping over the barriers could in fact have been of a police officer in pursuit of his quarry.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French cuiree, alteration, influenced by cuir 'leather' and curer 'clean, disembowel', of couree, based on Latin cor 'heart'. Originally the term denoted the parts of a deer that were placed on the hide and given as a reward to the hounds.

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There are 3 definitions of quarry in English:

quarry3

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noun (plural quarries)

1A diamond-shaped pane of glass as used in lattice windows: stained-glass quarries with floral motifs
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  • The window quarries have been replaced by plate glass.
  • The surviving 17th-century windows are all of wood with quarries of hand-blown glass in lead cames attached to iron saddle-bars.
  • Amongst fragments set into the background of a fifteenth-century panel depicting St Mary Magdalen in the east chancel window are quarries with fragments of the Lovell rebus.
2 short for quarry tile.
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  • A staircase of red quarries led up to the second story.
  • Only 'first quality' quarries can be used externally without risk of delamination.
  • The ante-room has red quarries on the floor and heavily plastered brick walls.

Origin

mid 16th century (in (sense 2)): alteration of quarrel2, which in late Middle English denoted a lattice windowpane.

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