- 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
- an animal or bird hunted or pursued.
- game, especially game hunted with hounds or hawks.
- any object of search, pursuit, or attack.
Origin of quarry2
- a square stone or tile.
- quarrel2(def 2).
Origin of quarry3
Examples from the Web for quarry
He says the way we do this is similar to a bird of prey assessing its quarry, swooping in.David Best Creates a Temple Made of Memories Outside San Francisco
Debra A. Klein
February 14, 2014
The sexually voracious alpha-female who seduces and then consumes her quarry?Danny Boyle, Director of 'Trance,' On His Favorite Psychological Thrillers
April 2, 2013
As rocks tumbled from the quarry wall above, the need for capped helmets became clear.War Games: Microsoft Invades Liechtenstein for Halo 4 Blowout
November 8, 2012
Her quarry, Brody, meanwhile, defined himself as a soldier, a patriot, and a father.‘Homeland’ and ‘The Good Wife’ Season Premieres: Review
September 27, 2012
There is a relationship that develops, tense and often testy, between a journalist and his quarry.How a Freelance Journalist Unraveled Jonah Lehrer’s Lies
August 1, 2012
And they came like the wind, yelling at the sight of their quarry.Way of the Lawless
Tse-tse, who trusted me to keep the scent, was watching ahead for a sight of the quarry.The Trail Book
Wrens and sparrows are not too ignoble a quarry for this villainous gos-hawk!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
They had probably divined, too, that the quarry was at bay and was dangerous.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
But why should she voluntarily lay-to in the very sight of her quarry?The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
- 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 quarry
"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.