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

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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 The temple is unique in that over-quarrying of sandstone led to the use of laterite for the roofed corridors. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 The mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction sector was the biggest driver of February’s output gain. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canadian Economy Grew 0.4% in February, Beating Expectations," 1 May 2018 Activity in the mining, quarrying, and oil- and gas-extraction sector fell 2.7% in January, its largest decline in 20 months. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada’s GDP Contracted 0.1% in January," 29 Mar. 2018 Obviously, there is no free lunch, and the problem here is quarrying, crushing, and transporting all that basalt. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Crush the right rock and spread it on farms to help soil and the climate," 22 Feb. 2018 In South Africa the mining and quarrying industry has been growing more slowly than the economy as a whole since 1980, dragging down South Africa’s overall GDP growth by about 0.4 percentage points. The Economist, "A drag, not a curseCommodities are not always bad for you," 5 Oct. 2017 Its mining and quarrying sector shrank 2.7 percent. Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg.com, "Qatar's Economy Was Already Slowing Ahead of Saudi-Led Boycott," 1 Oct. 2017

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circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

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