an open surface excavation for the extraction of building stone, slate, marble, etc, by drilling, blasting, or cutting
a copious source of something, esp information
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
to extract (stone, slate, etc) from or as if from a quarry
(transitive) to excavate a quarry in
to obtain (something, esp information) diligently and laboriously he was quarrying away in the reference library
C15: from Old French quarriere, from quarre (unattested) square-shaped stone, from Latin quadrāre to make square
noun (pl) -ries
an animal, bird, or fish that is hunted, esp by other animals; prey
anything pursued or hunted
C14 quirre entrails offered to the hounds, from Old French cuirée what is placed on the hide, from cuir hide, from Latin corium leather; probably also influenced by Old French coree entrails, from Latin cor heart
"what is hunted," c.1320, quirre "entrails of deer placed on the hide and given to dogs of the chase as a reward," from Anglo-Fr. quirreie, from O.Fr. cuiriee, altered (by influence of O.Fr. cuir "skin," from L. corium "hide"), from O.Fr. corée "viscera, entrails," from V.L. *corata "entrails," from L. cor "heart." Sense of "anything chased in hunt" is first recorded 1615; earlier "bird targeted by a hawk or other raptor" (1486).
"where rocks are excavated," c.1400, from M.L. quarreria (1266), lit. "place where stones are squared," from L. quadrare "to square" (see quadrant). The verb is attested from 1774.