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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 and Etymology 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 and Etymology 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

Definition of quarry

quarried

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quarrying

  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 in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of quarry

alteration of 1quarrel


First Known Use: 1537

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QUARRY Defined for English Language Learners

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quarry

verb quar·ry

Definition of quarry for English Language Learners

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

  • : to make a quarry in (a place)


QUARRY Defined for Kids

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quarry

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noun quar·ry \ˈkwȯr-ē\

Definition of quarry for Students

plural

quarries

  1. :  an animal or bird hunted as game or prey

History for 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.


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quarry

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noun quar·ry

Definition of quarry for Students

plural

quarries

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

History for 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.


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quarry

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verb quar·ry

Definition of quarry for Students

quarried

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quarrying

  1. 1 :  to dig or take from or as if from a quarry Stone was quarried from the hillside.

  2. 2 :  to make a quarry in A crew quarried a rocky slope.



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