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▪ They looked down into the big disused quarry.
▪ In a disused limestone quarry we tackled one of these obstacles safely, once we had been told how to do it.
▪ Head west on it to Dancing Ledge - a disused cliff quarry.
▪ This museum will feature information boards and relics recovered from the old quarry.
▪ Cars may be parked in an old quarry near the railway bridge.
▪ Inquest opens: An inquest opened yesterday on two teenagers who died in an old quarry pond.
▪ The castle, built on the site of an old quarry, has cost just under £2million.
▪ It depended for its prosperity on the local slate quarries and when these ran into trouble so did the railway.
▪ The giant slate quarries and tips of waste rock at Llanberis and Bethesda are great scars on the landscape.
▪ We then cycled uphill to the town of Rosebush with its deserted slate quarries.
▪ Many Lake District slate quarries are still working, but of course modern roads and vehicles make the job much less dangerous now.
▪ Both slate quarries are open daily April to October, 100.00 a.m. -5.30 p.m.
▪ From directly above them came a noise like an explosion in a slate quarry.
▪ Activity in the slate quarries continues with a mightily impressive new route at Hodge Close from Paul Cornforth.
▪ The hunter closed in on his quarry.
▪ After that, I just stayed out at the quarries.
▪ Carrara's alps of marble could not match the limestone quarries near Wenlock Edge for sheer potential.
▪ He'd spent days up on the cliff behind the quarry, watching them take off.
▪ It did so by contrasting the answers from two workers who were busily wielding sledgehammers in a rock quarry.
▪ Maggie likes to walk in the Red Deeps, a forested abandoned quarry, and Phillip Wakem encounters her there one afternoon.
▪ The alternatives were either to make a massive quarry or to mine into the fell.
▪ There was a truck parked in front of the quarry.
▪ The Romans did not quarry the most accessible stones.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Quarry \Quar"ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quarried; p. pr. & vb. n. Quarrying.] To dig or take from a quarry; as, to quarry marble.


Quarry \Quar"ry\, n. [OE. quarre, OF. quarr['e] square, F. carr['e], from L. quadratus square, quadrate, quadratum a square. See Quadrate, and cf. Quarrel an arrow.] Same as 1st Quarrel. [Obs.]


Quarry \Quar"ry\, a. [OF. quarr['e].] Quadrate; square. [Obs.]


Quarry \Quar"ry\, n.; pl. Quarries. [OE. querre, OF. cuiri['e]e, F. cur['e]e, fr. cuir hide, leather, fr. L. corium; the quarry given to the dogs being wrapped in the akin of the beast. See Cuirass.]

    1. A part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to the hounds.

    2. A heap of game killed.

  1. The object of the chase; the animal hunted for; game; especially, the game hunted with hawks. ``The stone-dead quarry.''

    The wily quarry shunned the shock.
    --Sir W. Scott.


Quarry \Quar"ry\, v. i. To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy.


Quarry \Quar"ry\, n. [OE. quarrere, OF. quariere, F. carri[`e]re, LL. quadraria a quarry, whence squared (quadrati) stones are dug, fr. quadratus square. See Quadrate.] A place, cavern, or pit where stone is taken from the rock or ledge, or dug from the earth, for building or other purposes; a stone pit. See 5th Mine (a) .

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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.


Etymology 1 n. A site for mine stone, limestone or slate. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To obtain (mine) stone by extraction from a quarry. 2 (context figuratively transitive English) To extract or slowly obtain by long, tedious searching. Etymology 2

n. 1 An animal which is hunted, notably mammal or bird. 2 A part of the entrails of a hunted animal, given to the hounds. 3 An object of search or pursuit. vb. To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy. Etymology 3

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

  1. n. a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence; "he fell prey to muggers"; "everyone was fair game"; "the target of a manhunt" [syn: prey, target, fair game]

  2. a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate; "a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'" [syn: pit, stone pit]

  3. animal hunted or caught for food [syn: prey]

  4. v. extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry; "quarry marble"

  5. [also: quarried]


thumb|upright=1.3|Stone quarry in Soignies, Hainaut (province), Belgium. A quarry is a place from which dimension stone, rock, construction aggregate, riprap, sand, gravel, or slate has been excavated from the ground. A quarry is the same thing as an open-pit mine from which minerals are extracted. The only trivial difference between the two is that open-pit mines that produce building materials and dimension stone are commonly referred to as quarries.

The word quarry can also include the underground quarrying for stone, such as Bath stone.

Quarry (disambiguation)

A quarry is a type of mine, usually open-cast, generally for the extraction of stone or fossil fuel.

Quarry or Quarries may also refer to:

  • The target of a chase, especially during a hunt; see Game (food)
Quarry (company)

Quarry (formerly Quarry Integrated Communications) is a privately held marketing communications and advertising agency headquartered in St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada. Quarry employs approximately 100 people in its headquarters and its locations in Durham, North Carolina and San Jose, California, USA.

Bruce Bendinger (Editor, Advertising: The Business of Brands) identified Quarry as an early adopter of the practice of Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). Quarry has also been cited as a leading practitioner of IMC in a marketing textbook by Philip Kotler. Quarry’s offering includes BrandErgonomics customer experience marketing, and it has been cited as a leader in the field of personas development by Forrester Research. Quarry’s services include strategic insight and research, branding, advertising, public relations, marketing automation, sales force support and Web and digital media.

Quarry (Kennen novel)

Quarry is a novel by Ally Kennen published in February 2011. Until the delivery date, the book was planned to be called "Rites", but on 27 February 2010, the name was officially changed to "Quarry".

Quarry (TV series)

Quarry is an upcoming American television series based on the novels of Max Allan Collins. An eight-episode first season was ordered by Cinemax in February 2015. The series was created for television by Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller and was directed by Greg Yaitanes. While the series' main setting is Memphis, it was filmed in both Memphis and New Orleans. The series will premiere on Cinemax on September 9, 2016.

Quarry is the story of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. As he struggles to cope with his experiences at war, Conway is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River.

Usage examples of "quarry".

Eugene Bertrand reported to the Anthropological Society of Paris that he found parts of a human skull, along with a femur, tibia, and some foot bones, in a quarry on the Avenue de Clichy.

In 1868, Eugene Bertrand reported to the Anthropological Society of Paris that he found parts of a human skull, along with a femur, tibia, and some foot bones, in a quarry on the Avenue de Clichy.

The tiny white van, holding back in case the apprentice should turn and see them, proceeded at a safe distance, following the quarry past the school and the new flats until they reached the University gate.

As he looked forward towards the bowsprit of his schooner the Frenchman imagined what his quarry would see.

They were skirting an overgrown limestone quarry four leagues north from Brous as the sun sank behind the trees on their right.

I might have given it a try anyway, but beside me Mendoza was hyperventilating, so I just shook my head and focused on my quarry.

Having failed to stop the Swede, de la Mery was in no position to sheer off, leaving his quarry to tell of their escape.

Sergeant Nectarine Savoy and Detective Leo Wickes were alert for signs of a quarry they were certain was in this room.

While normally the raven could outfly her, she was counting on that wound to slow her quarry down.

It was blind and invisible because it was in overdrive, but it came nearer and nearer to its unseen quarry.

GREAT BOOK, tile Seventy-first on LOVE, wherein nothing is written, but the Reader receives a Lanthorn, a Powder-cask and a Pick-axe, and therewith pursues his yellow-dusking path across the rubble of preceding excavators in the solitary quarry: a yet more instructive passage than the overscrawled Seventieth, or French Section, whence the chapter opens, and where hitherto the polite world has halted.

The citadel, crafted from ruddy sandstone blocks quarried in the valley below, appeared to have been designed by a mad patissier for a reception of a million.

This was what Perella liked to do: station herself near her quarry, working as a dancer in some sour dive.

Having equipped their canoas or periaguas they secured them to the stern of their ship, and set sail towards their quarry.

The friendly relations of Michael Angelo with the natives of Carrara continued until the Pope obliged him to leave their quarries and open up those of Pietra Santa, in Tuscan territory, by which act Michael Angelo lost much time.