quar·​ry·​ing ˈkwȯr-ē-iŋ How to pronounce quarrying (audio)
: the business, occupation, or act of extracting useful material (such as building stone) from quarries

Examples of quarrying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lucrative businesses such as sand and gravel quarrying and sightseeing tours have also thrived openly despite the ban and the mountain’s frequent eruptions — now 53 times on record since 1616. Jim Gomez, Anchorage Daily News, 20 June 2023 Canada’s mining job vacancy rates have been trending upward since 2015 to a peak last summer of around 4% in mining and quarrying jobs and slightly over 6% for mining support activities. Yusuf Khan, WSJ, 1 June 2023 The first fossil evidence of Neandertals was found in 1856 during quarrying activities from the Neander Tal (Neander Valley) in Germany. Brian Anthony Keeling, The Conversation, 2 May 2023 Granite quarrying is a top local industry. Hartford Courant, 6 July 2022 For the month of August, continued claims of unemployment in North Dakota were nearly 100,000, and about a quarter of those were tied directly to mining, quarrying and oil & gas extraction — the highest unemployment of any sector in the state. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 25 Sep. 2020 Within a few weeks, Christian had wired money to the bank and brought in a wooden model of the monument, and the quarrying and construction had begun. Jill Neimark, Discover Magazine, 9 Sep. 2013 Much of the region’s economy withered after the Civil War, with changes in transportation, refrigeration, and construction technologies triggering a collapse in granite quarrying, shipbuilding, logging, fishing, and ice-harvesting. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022 Granite quarrying is a top local industry, employing about 2,000 in the area, Kubas said. Jeff Amy, Chron, 7 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quarrying was circa 1828

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“Quarrying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarrying. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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