Quarry meaning

kwôrē, kwŏrē
A rich or productive source.

Found the book an indispensable quarry of information.

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Anything being hunted or pursued.
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The definition of a quarry is a place, often a deep hole in the ground, from where stones are extracted.

An example of a quarry is a deep hole from where granite is mined.

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An open excavation or pit from which stone is obtained by digging, cutting, or blasting.
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To obtain (stone) from a quarry, as by cutting, digging, or blasting.
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To quarry is to extract stone or other materials from an area where they are located, such as a deep hole in the ground.

An example of quarry is when you do the action of getting granite slabs from a deep hole in the ground.

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To use (land) as a quarry.
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An object of pursuit.

The police lost their quarry in the crowd.

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To extract (facts, for example) by long, careful searching.

Finally quarried out the genealogy from hundreds of sources.

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A square or diamond shape.
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A pane of glass having this shape.
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A square or diamond-shaped piece of glass, tile, etc.
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An animal that is being hunted down, esp. with dogs or hawks; prey.
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A place where building stone, marble, or slate is excavated, as by cutting or blasting.
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To excavate from a quarry.
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To make a quarry in (land)
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Michelangelo personally quarried marble from the world-famous quarry at Carrara.

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To obtain (mine) stone by extraction from a quarry.

Michelangelo personally quarried marble from the world-famous quarry at Carrara.

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(figuratively) To extract or slowly obtain by long, tedious searching.

They quarried out new, interesting facts about ancient Egypt from old papyri.

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An animal which is hunted, notably mammal or bird.
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A part of the entrails of a hunted animal, given to the hounds.
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An object of search or pursuit.
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To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy.

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A diamond-shaped tile or pane, notably of glass or stone.
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Origin of quarry

  • Middle English querre entrails of a deer given to hounds as a reward from Old French cuiriee alteration (influenced by cuir skin) of coree from Vulgar Latin corāta viscera from Latin cor heart kerd- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English quarey from Medieval Latin quareria, quareia alteration of Old French quarriere from quarre cut stone from Latin quadrum square kwetwer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Variant of quarrel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From quirre "entrails of deer placed on the hide and given to dogs of the chase as a reward," from Anglo-Norman quirreie, from Old French cuiriee, altered (influenced by Old French cuir "skin," from Latin corium "hide"), from corée "viscera, entrails," from Vulgar Latin corata "entrails," from Latin cor "heart."

    From Wiktionary

  • From Medieval Latin quarreria (1266), literally a "place where stones are squared", from Latin quadrare "to square", itself from quadra 'a square'

    From Wiktionary

  • An alteration of quarrel

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