quar·​ry·​ing | \ ˈkwȯr-ē-iŋ How to pronounce quarrying (audio) , ˈkwär- \

Definition of quarrying

: 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 Partially offsetting those gains was a 1.4% decline in the mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction sector and a 0.9% contraction in the transportation and warehousing sector. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canadian Economy Expanded Slightly in November," 31 Jan. 2020 The discoveries were made by archaeological contractor Archaeological Solutions ahead of a large quarrying project. Fox News, "'Extraordinary' trove of ancient spearheads, daggers, knives and axe heads discovered in London," 26 Oct. 2019 Gradually, the forest was stripped of its greenery, thanks to rampant tree felling and stone quarrying. Pragati Prava, Quartz India, "An Odisha village woman’s journey from protecting peacocks to the Indian parliament," 26 Jan. 2020 Places with good stone for quarrying used the material for building and decoration. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Why you should see the world’s iconic mosques," 20 Sep. 2019 The local council had commissioned excavations ahead of a major quarrying project. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Cache of 450 Bronze Age Weapons, Bracelets, Tools Is London’s Largest Yet," 23 Oct. 2019 In Alaska, 16 percent of GDP — compared to less than 2 percent of U.S. GDP — comes from mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction. Greta Kaul, Twin Cities, "Minnesota less vulnerable to recession than some states," 7 Sep. 2019 The Statistics Canada report said the mining, quarrying and oil-and-gas-extraction sector was the biggest driver of May’s gain in output. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada GDP Rose in May, Beating Expectations," 31 July 2018 First, the researchers worked out its efficiency of CO2 capture—about 0.3 tons captured per gigajoule of electricity input, including the losses from quarrying and crushing rock. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Splitting water for fuel while removing CO₂ from the air," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of quarrying

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Quarrying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarrying. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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