- an excavation or pit, usually open to the air, from which building stone, slate, or the like, is obtained by cutting, blasting, etc.
- an abundant source or supply.
- to obtain (stone) from or as if from a quarry.
- to make a quarry in.
Origin of quarry1
Examples from the Web for quarrying
Where properly distributed, they may facilitate the quarrying of the stone.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
The work of quarrying and removal is done with the utmost care.The Book of the National Parks
Robert Sterling Yard
In short, they had to invent the art of quarrying and working mines.The Prehistoric World
E. A. Allen
Here they remained for a day quarrying pipestone and fashioning pipes.The Spirit Lake Massacre
We know almost less about the transportation than the quarrying of obelisks.The New York Obelisk
Charles E. Moldenke
- an open surface excavation for the extraction of building stone, slate, marble, etc, by drilling, blasting, or cutting
- a copious source of something, esp information
- to extract (stone, slate, etc) from or as if from a quarry
- (tr) to excavate a quarry in
- to obtain (something, esp information) diligently and laboriouslyhe was quarrying away in the reference library
- an animal, bird, or fish that is hunted, esp by other animals; prey
- anything pursued or hunted
- a square or diamond shape
- something having this shape
- another word for quarrel 2
Word Origin and History for quarrying
"what is hunted," early 14c., quirre "entrails of deer placed on the hide and given to dogs of the chase as a reward," from Anglo-French quirreie, Old French cuiriee "the spoil, quarry" (Modern French curée), altered (by influence of Old French cuir "skin," from Latin corium "hide"), from Old French corée "viscera, entrails," from Vulgar Latin *corata "entrails," from Latin cor "heart" (see heart). Sense of "anything chased in hunt" is first recorded 1610s; earlier "bird targeted by a hawk or other raptor" (late 15c.).
"open place where rocks are excavated," c.1400 (mid-13c. as a place name), from Medieval Latin quareia, dissimilated from quarreria (mid-13c.), literally "place where stones are squared," from Latin quadrare "to square" (see quadrant).
1774, from quarry (n.2). Related: Quarried; quarrying.