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quarry

EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Medieval Latin quarreria (1266), literally a "place where stones are squared", from Latin quadrō (I square) itself from quadra (a square).

NounEdit

quarry (plural quarries)

  1. A site for mining stone, limestone or slate.
    Michelangelo personally quarried marble from the world-famous quarry at Carrara
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VerbEdit

quarry (third-person singular simple present quarries, present participle quarrying, simple past and past participle quarried)

  1. (transitive) To obtain (mine) stone by extraction from a quarry.
    Michelangelo personally quarried marble from the world-famous quarry at Carrara.
  2. (figuratively, transitive) To extract or slowly obtain by long, tedious searching.
    They quarried out new, interesting facts about ancient Egypt from old papyri.
SynonymsEdit
  • (obtain stone by extraction): mine
  • (extract by search): dig, dig up
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Etymology 2Edit

From quirre (entrails of deer placed on the hide and given to dogs of the chase as a reward), from Anglo-Norman quirreie, from Old French cuiriee, altered (influenced by Old French cuir (skin (of an animal)), from Latin corium (hide)), from coree (viscera, entrails), from Vulgar Latin corata (entrails), from Latin cor (heart).

NounEdit

quarry (plural quarries)

  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.
    • A US State Department website advertised a reward of up to $1m (£500,000) for the capture of its quarry, who was described as 5ft 11in (180cm) tall, with a pale complexion, "a moustache and a long, heavy beard that is starting to grey". - BBC News website, 27 April 2007
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quarry (third-person singular simple present quarries, present participle quarrying, simple past and past participle quarried)

  1. To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of L'Estrange to this entry?)

Etymology 3Edit

Alteration of quarrel (second etymology).

NounEdit

quarry (plural quarries)

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

ReferencesEdit

  • quarry” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).