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quarry

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noun quar·ry \ˈkwȯr-ē, ˈkwär-\

Definition of quarry

plural quarries

  1. 1 obsolete :  a heap of the game killed in a hunt

  2. 2 :  game; specifically :  game hunted with hawks

  3. 3 :  one that is sought or pursued :  prey



Origin of quarry

Middle English quirre, querre entrails of game given to the hounds, from Anglo-French cureie, quereie, from quir, cuir skin, hide (on which the entrails were placed), from Latin corium — more at cuirass


First Known Use: 14th century

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quarry

noun quar·ry

Definition of quarry

plural quarries

  1. 1 :  an open excavation usually for obtaining building stone, slate, or limestone

  2. 2 :  a rich source



Origin of quarry

Middle English quarey, alteration of quarrere, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *quadraria, from Late Latin quadrus hewn (literally, squared) stone, from Latin quadrum square


First Known Use: 14th century

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quarry

verb quar·ry

Simple Definition of quarry

  • : to dig or take (stone or other materials) from a quarry

  • : to make a quarry in (a place)

Full Definition of quarry

quar·riedquar·ry·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to dig or take from or as if from a quarry <quarry marble>

  3. 2 :  to make a quarry in <quarry a hill>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to delve in or as if in a quarry

Examples of quarry

  1. an area where workers are quarrying for limestone



1774

First Known Use of quarry

1774

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quarry

noun quar·ry

Definition of quarry

plural quarries

  1. :  a diamond-shaped pane of glass, stone, or tile



Origin of quarry

alteration of 1quarrel


First Known Use: 1555

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