Dictionary

1quarry

noun quar·ry \ˈkwr-ē, ˈkwär-\
plural quarries

Definition of QUARRY

1
obsolete :  a heap of the game killed in a hunt
2
:  game; specifically :  game hunted with hawks
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

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

Rhymes with QUARRY

2quarry

noun
plural quarries

Definition of QUARRY

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

Other Mining and Drilling Terms

ore, trepan, wildcat

Rhymes with QUARRY

3quarry

verb

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

: to make a quarry in (a place)

quar·riedquar·ry·ing

Full Definition of QUARRY

transitive verb
1
:  to dig or take from or as if from a quarry <quarry marble>
2
:  to make a quarry in <quarry a hill>
intransitive verb
:  to delve in or as if in a quarry

Examples of QUARRY

  1. an area where workers are quarrying for limestone

First Known Use of QUARRY

1774

Other Mining and Drilling Terms

ore, trepan, wildcat

4quarry

noun
plural quarries

Definition of QUARRY

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

Origin of QUARRY

alteration of 1quarrel
First Known Use: 1555

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth
QUARRY Defined for Kids

1quarry

noun quar·ry \ˈkwr-ē\
plural quar·ries

Definition of QUARRY for Kids

:  an animal or bird hunted as game or prey

Word History of QUARRY

Quarry in the meaning game or prey can be traced to a hunting ritual from medieval times. At the end of a successful hunt the hounds used in the pursuit were rewarded with a part of the slain animal's entrails. Traditionally the entrails were spread out on the animal's hide. The word for the hounds' feast in medieval French was cuiree, a derivative of cuir, meaning skin, hide. Cuiree was borrowed into English as querre or quirre. Over time the meaning of the word shifted from the slain animal's entrails to the live animal itself, seen as the object of a hunt.

2quarry

noun
plural quar·ries

Definition of QUARRY for Kids

:  an open pit usually for obtaining building stone, slate, or limestone

Word History of QUARRY

The origin of this word is completely different from that of the quarry meaning prey. The word quadrus in Latin meant hewn stone and is related to Latin quadrum, square, and quadri-, four (as in English quadrilateral). From a derivative of quadrum came Old French quarrere, pit for cutting stone, which was borrowed into English and eventually altered to quarry.

3quarry

verb
quar·riedquar·ry·ing

Definition of QUARRY for Kids

1
:  to dig or take from or as if from a quarry <Stone was quarried from the hillside.>
2
:  to make a quarry in <A crew quarried a rocky slope.>

Browse

7 ENTRIES FOUND:
Next Word in the Dictionary: quarry bedPrevious Word in the Dictionary: quarrionAll Words Near: quarry
July 07, 2015
hoosegow Hear it
jail
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears