Definitions for: Quarry


[n] animal hunted or caught for food
[n] a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate; "a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'"
[n] a person who is the victim of ridicule or exploitation by some hostile person or influence; "he fell prey to muggers"; "everyone was fair game"
[v] extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry; "quarry marble"



Webster (1913) Definition: Quar"ry, n. [OE. quarre, OF. quarr['e] square, F.
carr['e], from L. quadratus square, quadrate, quadratum a
square. See Quadrate, and cf. Quarrel an arrow.]
Same as 1st Quarrel. [Obs.] --Fairfax.


Quar"ry, a. [OF. quarr['e].]
Quadrate; square. [Obs.]


Quar"ry, n.; pl. Quarries. [OE. querre, OF.
cuiri['e]e, F. cur['e]e, fr. cuir hide, leather, fr. L.
corium; the quarry given to the dogs being wrapped in the
akin of the beast. See Cuirass.]
1.
(a) A part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to
the hounds.
(b) A heap of game killed.

2. The object of the chase; the animal hunted for; game;
especially, the game hunted with hawks. ``The stone-dead
quarry.'' --Spenser.

The wily quarry shunned the shock. --Sir W.
Scott.


Quar"ry, v. i.
To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy. --L'Estrange.


Quar"ry, n. [OE. quarrere, OF. quariere, F.
carri[`e]re, LL. quadraria a quarry, whence squared
(quadrati) stones are dug, fr. quadratus square. See
Quadrate.]
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) .


Quar"ry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quarried; p. pr. & vb.
n. Quarrying.]
To dig or take from a quarry; as, to quarry marble.

Synonyms: fair game, pit, prey, prey, stone pit, target

See Also: animal, animate being, beast, brute, chalk pit, chalkpit, creature, cut into, delve, dig, excavation, exploit, fauna, gravel pit, hole in the ground, tap, trou-de-loup, turn over, victim

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Famous Quotes Containing Quarry:


The good historian is like the giant of the fairy tale. He knows that wherever he catches the scent of human flesh, there his quarry lies.

-- Marc Bloch (French Historian)

Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete a character.

-- Samuel Butler (British Poet)

I guess I look like a rock quarry that someone has dynamited.

-- Charles Bronson (American Actor)

I look like a quarry someone has dynamited.

-- Charles Bronson (American Actor)

From the top of the quarry cliffs, one could see the New Jersey suburbs bordered by the New York City skyline.

-- Robert Smithson (American Artist)


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