Quarrying



[kwawr-ee, kwor-ee] /ˈkwɔr i, ˈkwɒr i/

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.
/ˈkwɒrɪ/
noun (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
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
3.
to extract (stone, slate, etc) from or as if from a quarry
4.
(transitive) to excavate a quarry in
5.
to obtain (something, esp information) diligently and laboriously: he was quarrying away in the reference library
/ˈkwɒrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
an animal, bird, or fish that is hunted, esp by other animals; prey
2.
anything pursued or hunted
/ˈkwɒrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
a square or diamond shape
2.
something having this shape
3.
another word for quarrel2
n.

“what is hunted,” early 14c., quirre “entrails of deer placed on the hide and given to dogs of the chase as a reward,” from Anglo-French quirreie, Old French cuiriee “the spoil, quarry” (Modern French curée), altered (by influence of Old French cuir “skin,” from Latin corium “hide”), from Old French corée “viscera, entrails,” from Vulgar Latin *corata “entrails,” from Latin cor “heart” (see heart). Sense of “anything chased in hunt” is first recorded 1610s; earlier “bird targeted by a hawk or other raptor” (late 15c.).

“open place where rocks are excavated,” c.1400 (mid-13c. as a place name), from Medieval Latin quareia, dissimilated from quarreria (mid-13c.), literally “place where stones are squared,” from Latin quadrare “to square” (see quadrant).
v.

1774, from quarry (n.2). Related: Quarried; quarrying.

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