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.
- quar·ri·a·ble, quar·ry·a·ble, adjective
- un·quar·ried, adjective
- quarry , query
Other definitions for quarry (2 of 3)
an animal or bird hunted or pursued.
game, especially game hunted with hounds or hawks.
any object of search, pursuit, or attack.
Other definitions for quarry (3 of 3)
a square stone or tile.
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How to use quarry in a sentence
“There were a lot of farmworkers’ houses and people who worked at the quarry,” she said.The past will be present at Montgomery County’s virtual history conference | John Kelly | January 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Our sights are set far smaller—bluegills, crappie, and perch, the perfect first quarry for a beginner.The happiness and heartbreak of a daughter’s first fishing trip | By Jonathon Klein/Field & Stream | December 30, 2020 | Popular-Science
Photos from 1992 and 2001 document pieces in which the Scotland-based artist froze rocks to a quarry face and laced a stone wall with large icicles.In the galleries: Where artists engage with the earth | Mark Jenkins | December 4, 2020 | Washington Post
Like a rock quarry or a cable television provider, regional casinos are inherently good businesses.Valuation: Casino stocks got clobbered by COVID-19. This one is now an attractive bet | matthewheimer | October 18, 2020 | Fortune
You’ll find waterfalls and dinosaur tracks near this RV-friendly site, which is perched on the edge of a former quarry, a national historic landmark that’s now a lake.
Castle Black is built into an old quarry about 45 minutes north of Belfast.
We shot it in an abandoned quarry just outside of Split in Croatia.Game of Thrones’ New Hunk Michiel Huisman on the Revamped Daario Naharis | Marlow Stern | April 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 DAILY BEAST
The sexually voracious alpha-female who seduces and then consumes her quarry?Danny Boyle, Director of 'Trance,' On His Favorite Psychological Thrillers | Danny Boyle | April 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
As rocks tumbled from the quarry wall above, the need for capped helmets became clear.War Games: Microsoft Invades Liechtenstein for Halo 4 Blowout | Alex Klein | November 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Here is a gold-mine for the makers of boys' books of all future generations to quarry in.
Now it happened that these steps of the dwarfs adjoined a deserted stone quarry less than a mile from the castle of Clarides.Honey-Bee | Anatole France
No man who ever was in a quarry or gravel pit will say so, much less one who has the least smattering of chemistry or geology.Gospel Philosophy | J. H. Ward
Nor can one who in pumping out his quarry frees another quarry from water recover anything for the service.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
On one occasion (we are not told the date or place) the hunter nearly became a prey to his quarry.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
British Dictionary definitions for quarry (1 of 3)
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 laboriously: he was quarrying away in the reference library
British Dictionary definitions for quarry (2 of 3)
an animal, bird, or fish that is hunted, esp by other animals; prey
anything pursued or hunted
British Dictionary definitions for quarry (3 of 3)
a square or diamond shape
something having this shape
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