AskDefine | Define quarry

Dictionary Definition



1 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] v : extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry; "quarry marble" [also: quarried]

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Etymology 1

From quarreria (1266), literally a "place where stones are squared," from quadrare "to square"


  1. A site for mining stone.
site for mining stone


  1. To obtain stone from a quarry.
  2. To extract or slowly obtain by long, tedious searching.
    She has quarried out new, interesting facts about ancient Egypt from old papyri.
extract by long, tedious searching
  • Finnish: louhia
  • German: ausgraben

Etymology 2

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


  1. An animal or bird which is hunted.
  2. An object of search or pursuit.
    • A 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
animal or bird which is hunted
  • Dutch: prooi or
  • French: proie
  • German: Beute
  • Italian: preda
  • Latin: praeda
  • Portuguese: presa
  • Romanian: vânat


Extensive Definition

A quarry is a type of open-pit mine from which rock or minerals are extracted. Quarries are generally used for extracting building materials, such as dimension stone. Quarries are usually shallower than other types of open-pit mines.
A quarry is often mistaken for other types of open-pit or open-cast mines such as borrow or gravel pits.
Types of rock extracted from quarries include:
Quarries in level areas often have special engineering problems for drainage. The Coquina Quarry is excavated to more than sixty feet (18 meters) below sea level. To reduce surface leakage a moat, lined with clay, was constructed around the entire quarry. Ground water that seeps into the pit is pumped up into the moat.
Many quarries fill with water to become ponds or small lakes after abandonment for mining purposes. Others have become landfills. Conway, South Carolina limestone quarry.

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quarry in Welsh: Chwarel
quarry in Danish: Stenbrud
quarry in German: Steinbruch
quarry in Spanish: Cantera
quarry in French: Carrière (géologie)
quarry in Hebrew: מחצבה
quarry in Lithuanian: Karjeras
quarry in Dutch: Groeve
quarry in Norwegian: Pukkverk
quarry in Polish: Kamieniołom
quarry in Portuguese: Pedreira (geologia)
quarry in Russian: Карьер
quarry in Simple English: Quarry
quarry in Slovak: Lom (ťažba)
quarry in Swedish: Stenbrott
quarry in Turkish: Taş ocağı
quarry in Ukrainian: Кар'єр
quarry in Walloon: Cårire
quarry in Chinese: 沙石场
In the Middle Ages the Arena di Verona was used as a quarry for other buildings.
Quarrying is taking rock from the ground or hills,Either by digging with machines or by breaking up the rock with explosives. Limestone rock is used in the manufacture of iron and steel, in making agricultural land more fertile by reducing acidity and it is used more than any other stone in motorways,roads and ,in the UK and Europe, as a large fraction of all concrete.Technologicaly It will play a big part in future efforts to reduce sulphur emissions from industry and will very likely play some role in controlling how an where carbon dioxide is stored(if it ever is). Disadvantages are that the quarrying is very noisy with lots of dust and large numbers of heavy lorries travelling constantly through the country on roads never built for such traffic and through viilages and small rural towns.In addition the look of the country can be spoiled when quite large hills are quarried away.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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