quarry

Definitions

  • Forty feet underground in an old stone quarry
    Forty feet underground in an old stone quarry
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v quarry extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry "quarry marble"
    • n quarry animal hunted or caught for food
    • n quarry a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate "a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'"
    • n quarry 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quarry A heap of game killed.
    • Quarry A part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to the hounds.
    • n Quarry 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 Quarry Quadrate; square.
    • n Quarry Same as 1st Quarrel.
    • Quarry 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."
    • v. t Quarry To dig or take from a quarry; as, to quarry marble.
    • v. i Quarry To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quarry Square; quadrate.
    • quarry Stout; fat; corpulent.
    • n quarry A square or lozenge. Specifically— A small square tile or paving-stone: same as quarrel, 1 .
    • n quarry A small square or lozenge-shaped pane of glass: same as quarrel, 1 .
    • n quarry A bolt or arrow with a square head: same as quarrel, 2.
    • n quarry A place, cavern, or pit where stones are dug from the earth, or separated, as by blasting with gunpowder, from a large mass of rock. The word mine is generally applied to the excavations from which metals, metalliferous ores, and coal are taken; from quarries are taken all the various materials used for building, as marble, freestone, slate, lime, cement, rock, etc. A quarry is usually open to the day; a mine is generally covered, communicating with the surface by one or more shafts. See mine.
    • quarry To dig or take from a quarry: as, to quarry marble.
    • n quarry The refuse parts of an animal slain in the chase, given in the skin to the hounds: as, to make the quarry (to open and skin the animal slain, and give the refuse to the hounds).
    • n quarry A beast of the chase when pursued or slain; any creature hunted by men or by beasts or birds of prey, especially after it has been killed.
    • n quarry Hunted or slaughtered game, or any object of eager pursuit.
    • quarry To prey, as a vulture or harpy.
    • quarry To provide with prey.
    • quarry To pave with quarries. See quarry, 1 .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Quarry kwor′i an excavation from which stone is taken for building, &c., by cutting, blasting, &c
    • v.t Quarry to dig from a quarry:—pa.t. and pa.p. quarr′ied
    • n Quarry kwor′i the entrails of the game given to the dogs after the chase: the object of the chase: the game a hawk is pursuing or has killed: a heap of dead game.
    • n Quarry kwor′i a small square tile
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. querre, OF. cuiriée, F. curée, fr. cuir, hide, leather, fr. L. corium,; the quarry, given to the dogs being wrapped in the akin of the beast. See Cuirass
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. quarre—L. quadratus, square.

Usage

In literature:

What was this fresh quarry of the press, Flora wondered, that made it give tongue so hideously?
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
And the police would want to know how it came to be in that quarry.
"The Borough Treasurer" by Joseph Smith Fletcher
I want to have a breathing spell before I have to play quarry in one of their hunts.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
Twice or thrice he lifted his bent head and measured the distance between him and the quarry ahead.
"A Mating in the Wilds" by Ottwell Binns
Normandy, Brittany, Dauphiny and Marne likewise possess quarries, although they are not so productive.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 1157, March 5, 1898" by Various
He was thinking how horribly dark and miserable the old quarry must be, for the first time.
"Cutlass and Cudgel" by George Manville Fenn
Where the market stands in Scotland-road there used to be a large stone quarry.
"Recollections of Old Liverpool" by A Nonagenarian
There lay the brig, while the prows were clustered like so many beasts of prey around their quarry.
"Ben Burton" by W. H. G. Kingston
But Henry could see no way to accomplish that end without alarming the quarry.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
Beyond the quarries were foot-hills, which gradually grew up into mountains.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Tramped round to ther old stone quarry one way, but didn't see northing.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
The narrow valley where they had discovered the bag sloped upward, and there were signs that their quarry found the ground harder to cover.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
Willie Quarrie sat at a table with a check-book before him.
"Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon 1893" by Hall Caine
Instinct told her that she was the crowd's quarry.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
The quarry yielded the best building stone in a circuit of thirty miles, easy to work and hard against wind and weather.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
I went out, and made my way towards the well-known Quarries.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
And now here is the whole field, quarry, hounds and hunters, all together in this city of Edinburgh.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Scotty placed it on the quarry's lip and added more fuel.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Camped last night at the Red Stone Quarries.
"Journal of a Trip to California by the Overland Route Across the Plains in 1850-51" by E. S. (Eleazer Stillman) Ingalls
Fine slate is quarried and largely exported, as from the Delabole quarries near Tintagel.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
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In poetry:

Aloof, the slandered and abhorred
behold from of a quarried rise,
the cause of all the stir aboard
a fiercer glitter in their eyes.
"Ship from the Thames" by Rex Ingamells
For crime was virtue: Gown and Sword
And Law their threefold sanction gave,
And to the quarry of the slave
Went hawking with our symbol-bird.
"Astræa at the Capitol" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Though there come rain or sun-
Fleet and lean and white,
They will follow the scent until they run
The quarry to earth, and the quarry is night.
"Finished To-Night" by Hazel Hall
Flame-swift speed I--
And the dove and the eagle shriek out and die;
Whence comes my sharp zest
For the heart of the quarry? the Gods know best.
"Gisli: The Chieftain" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
But hushed the beating heart we knew,
That heart so tender, brave, and true,
Firm as the rooted mountain rock,
Pure as the quarry's whitest block!
"Hymn For The Inauguration Of The Statue Of Governor Andrew" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Your slaughter'd quarry proudly trode,
At dawning morn, o'er dale and down,
But prouder base-born Murray rode
Through old Linlithgow's crowded town.
"Cadyow Castle" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

Colorado quarry that mines white marble to expand.
There's only one quarry in the state that mines white marble , and it's getting bigger, says CBS 4 News Station.
Work is underway to double the size of the quarry, which is just south of the city of Marble .
A man wanted in connection to a 2010 murder at the Quarry Apartments was arrested Friday morning in Pennsylvania.
U.S.-backed company proposes mega -quarry north of Orangeville.
That includes the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument and Lake Meredith National Recreation area here in the panhandle.
On Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 am - 4:00pm it's also National Junior Ranger Day at Lake Meredith-Alibates Flint Quarries.
Charleston police have charged a 15-year-old boy with negligent homicide in connection with Sunday morning's fatal crash on Quarry Ridge.
Sullivan neighbors fight proposed quarry plan citing safety and noise concerns.
We got to observe a bench of the quarrying falling and blocks being extracted.
Police shoot, kill suspected quarry shooter.
The man suspected of opening fire at a Northern California limestone quarry , killing three co-workers and injuring six has been shot by authorities in a Silicon Valley neighborhood.
Police identify Monroe County quarry drowning victim.
Workers can't quarry in that area without disturbing Heller cave, the opening of which was exposed by previous quarrying , last done in the 1920s, according to Matteson.
Quarry expansion's impact challenged.
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In science:

Mesa quarry at the top of the Ruby Ranch Member suggests an age of about 106 Ma.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Wells dinosaur quarry (Cedar Mountain Formation, Lower Cretaceous, Utah).
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Fauna of the Price River II Quarry of eastern Utah.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
LeMouel, 2002, “Dynamics of air avalanches in the access pit of an underground quarry,” Phys.
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection
Bilbey, S.A. (1998), "Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry - age, stratigraphy and depositional environments". in Carpenter, K.; Chure, D.; and Kirkland, J.I. (eds.).
The Cyborg Astrobiologist: Testing a Novelty-Detection Algorithm on Two Mobile Exploration Systems at Rivas Vaciamadrid in Spain and at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah
The quarry considered most exciting by these teams are explosive transients.
Searching for Planets During Predicted Mesolensing Events: II. PLAN-IT: An Observing Program and its Application to VB 10
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