quarry

1 [kwawr-ee, kwor-ee]
noun, plural quarries.
1.
an excavation or pit, usually open to the air, from which building stone, slate, or the like, is obtained by cutting, blasting, etc.
2.
an abundant source or supply.
verb (used with object), quarried, quarrying.
3.
to obtain (stone) from or as if from a quarry.
4.
to make a quarry in.

Origin:
1375–1425; Middle English quarey (noun) < Medieval Latin quareia, variant of quareria < Old French quarriere < Vulgar Latin *quadrāria place where stone is squared, derivative of Latin quadrāre to square

quarriable, quarryable, adjective
unquarried, adjective
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quarry

2 [kwawr-ee, kwor-ee]
noun, plural quarries.
1.
an animal or bird hunted or pursued.
2.
game, especially game hunted with hounds or hawks.
3.
any object of search, pursuit, or attack.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English querre < Old French cuiree, derivative of cuir skin, hide < Latin corium

quarry

3 [kwawr-ee, kwor-ee]
noun, plural quarries.
1.
a square stone or tile.
2.
quarrel2 ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1545–55; noun use of obsolete quarry (adj.) square < Old French quarre < Latin quadrātus quadrate

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quarry1 (ˈkwɒrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  an open surface excavation for the extraction of building stone, slate, marble, etc, by drilling, blasting, or cutting
2.  a copious source of something, esp information
 
vb , -ries, -ries, -rying, -ried
3.  to extract (stone, slate, etc) from or as if from a quarry
4.  (tr) to excavate a quarry in
5.  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]

quarry2 (ˈkwɒrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  an animal, bird, or fish that is hunted, esp by other animals; prey
2.  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]

quarry3 (ˈkwɒrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  a square or diamond shape
2.  something having this shape
3.  another word for quarrel
 
[C16: from Old French quarré; see quarrel²]

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quarry
"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).

quarry
"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.
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Quarries definition


(1.) The "Royal Quarries" (not found in Scripture) is the name given to the vast caverns stretching far underneath the northern hill, Bezetha, on which Jerusalem is built. Out of these mammoth caverns stones, a hard lime-stone, have been quarried in ancient times for the buildings in the city, and for the temples of Solomon, Zerubbabel, and Herod. Huge blocks of stone are still found in these caves bearing the marks of pick and chisel. The general appearance of the whole suggests to the explorer the idea that the Phoenician quarrymen have just suspended their work. The supposition that the polished blocks of stone for Solomon's temple were sent by Hiram from Lebanon or Tyre is not supported by any evidence (comp. 1 Kings 5:8). Hiram sent masons and stone-squarers to Jerusalem to assist Solomon's workmen in their great undertaking, but did not send stones to Jerusalem, where, indeed, they were not needed, as these royal quarries abundantly testify. (2.) The "quarries" (Heb. pesilim) by Gilgal (Judg. 3:19), from which Ehud turned back for the purpose of carrying out his design to put Eglon king of Moab to death, were probably the "graven images" (as the word is rendered by the LXX. and the Vulgate and in the marg. A.V. and R.V.), or the idol temples the Moabites had erected at Gilgal, where the children of Israel first encamped after crossing the Jordan. The Hebrew word is rendered "graven images" in Deut. 7:25, and is not elsewhere translated "quarries."

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Dozens of polluting factories and quarries have been closed down.
After all is said and done, however, books remain the chief quarries.
The quarries are located in the bottom of a bowl-shaped drainage.
Several old mines and quarries are still visible in these serpentine barrens.
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