- 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 quarried
Carrara marble has been quarried as far back as Roman times and was used by emperors for massive monuments like the Rome Pantheon.Mosque-Building Bin Ladens Buy Marble Once Used for Churches
August 4, 2014
The Derbyshire marbles are quarried all about, and mosaic manufacture is carried on.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
Here, too, the granite for building the country's defences and docks is quarried.Denmark
M. Pearson Thomson
The bulk of the quarried stone has the colour and greasy look of raw pork.The Pagan Madonna
Fire, chisel, and hammer at work on these three rocks; but, they are all quarried first.Flamsted quarries
Mary E. Waller
The cell is formed of four quarried blocks, which are laid one over the other.History of Phoenicia
- 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 quarried
"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.