Definition of Quarry

1. Noun. A person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence. "The target of a manhunt"

Exact synonyms: Fair Game, Prey, Target
Generic synonyms: Victim
Derivative terms: Prey, Target

2. Verb. Extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry. "The men quarry for animals in the area"; "Quarry marble"
Category relationships: Quarrying
Generic synonyms: Exploit, Tap
Entails: Cut Into, Delve, Dig, Turn Over
Derivative terms: Quarrier, Quarrying

3. Noun. A surface excavation for extracting stone or slate. "A British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'"
Exact synonyms: Pit, Stone Pit
Specialized synonyms: Chalk Pit, Chalkpit, Gravel Pit
Generic synonyms: Excavation

4. Noun. Animal hunted or caught for food.
Exact synonyms: Prey
Generic synonyms: Animal, Animate Being, Beast, Brute, Creature, Fauna
Derivative terms: Prey

Definition of Quarry

1. n. Same as 1st Quarrel.

2. a. Quadrate; square.

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

4. v. i. To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy.

5. n. 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).

6. v. t. To dig or take from a quarry; as, to quarry marble.

Definition of Quarry

1. Noun. A site for mining stone, limestone or slate. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To obtain (mine) stone by extraction from a quarry. ¹

3. Verb. (figuratively) (transitive) To extract or slowly obtain by long, tedious searching. ¹

4. Noun. An animal which is hunted, notably mammal or bird. ¹

5. Noun. An object of search or pursuit. ¹

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

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Definition of Quarry

1. to dig stone from an excavation [v -RIED, -RYING, -RIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Quarry

quarry (current term)
quarry light
quarry tile
quarry water

Literary usage of Quarry

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1909)
"Where a railroad company verbally consents for a quarry company to operate cars on its track, and the quarry company ..."

2. Annual Report by New Jersey Geological Survey (1898)
"Hudson County Penitentiary quarry and crusher. First Watchung Trap Sheet.—58. ... FJ Marley's quarry and crushers, one mile south of Paterson. ..."

3. Bulletin by Ohio State Geologist, Ohio Division of Geological Survey (1909)
"The following is a section of the rocks in this quarry: Delaware limestone. 8. Zone J. Thin bedded bluish-brown limestone Ft. In. with some layers of black ..."

4. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences by New York Academy of Sciences (1917)
"The beds below are not exposed in the gulch, but arc exposed on the west bank of Oil Creek about a. hundred yards northeast of the quarry. ..."

5. The Journal of Geology by University of Chicago Department of Geology and Paleontology (1897)
"The rocks at the eastern end of this quarry are well shown in Fig. ... The quarry limestone, No. I, of the above quarry is the same stratum as No. ..."

6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1898)
"In place of delving here and there, these quarrymen opened a quarry ... The refuse rock was carried back as by modern quarry- men. In fact, one could easily ..."

7. Report (1905)
"1 The rocks at this quarry are for the most part .dolomites, sometimes, ... As we descend into the quarry the rocks become more porous and cavernous. ..."

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