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Webster 1913 Edition


Quarry

Quar′ry

,
Noun.
[OE.
quarre
, OF.
quarré
square, F.
carré
, from L.
quadratus
square, quadrate,
quadratum
a square. See
Quadrate
, and cf.
Quarrel
an arrow.]
Same as 1st
Quarrel
.
[Obs.]
Fairfax.

Quar′ry

,
Adj.
[OF.
quarré
.]
Quadrate; square.
[Obs.]

Quar′ry

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Quarries
(#)
.
[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
.]
1.
(a)
A part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to the hounds.
(b)
A heap of game killed.
2.
The object of the chase; the animal hunted for; game; especially, the game hunted with hawks.
“The stone-dead quarry.”
Spenser.
The wily
quarry
shunned the shock.
Sir W. Scott.

Quar′ry

,
Verb.
I.
To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy.
L’Estrange.

Quar′ry

,
Noun.
[OE.
quarrere
, OF.
quariere
, F.
carrière
, 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)
.

Quar′ry

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Quarried
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Quarrying
.]
To dig or take from a quarry;
as, to
quarry
marble
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Quarry

QUAR'RY

, n.
1.
A square; as a quarry of glass. [Not in use.]
2.
An arrow with a square head. [See Quarrel. Not in use.]
3.
In falconry, the game which a hawk is pursuing or has killed. [Perhaps from L. quaero.]
4.
Among hunters, a part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to the hounds.

QUAR'RY

,
Noun.
[I know not whether the original sense of this word was a pit or mine, from digging, or whether the sense was a place for squaring stone. L. curro. If the sense was a pit, it may be referred to the Heb.]
1.
A place, cavern or pit where stones are dug from the earth, or separated from a large mass of rocks. We generally apply the word mine to the pit from which are taken metals and coal; from quarries are taken stones for building, as marble, freestone, slate, &c.
2.
In Paris, the quarries are a vast cavern under the city, several miles in extent.

QUAR'RY

,
Verb.
I.
To prey upon, as a vulture or harpy. [A low word and not much used.]

QUAR'RY

,
Verb.
T.
To dig or take from a quarry; as, to quarry marble.

Definition 2022


quarry

quarry

English

Noun

quarry (plural quarries)

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

Verb

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.
Synonyms
  • (obtain stone by extraction): mine
  • (extract by search): dig, dig up
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

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).

Noun

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
Synonyms
Translations

Verb

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 3

Alteration of quarrel (second etymology).

Noun

quarry (plural quarries)

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

References

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