From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishquarryquar‧ry1 /ˈkwɒri $ ˈkwɔː-, ˈkwɑː-/ noun (plural quarries) 1 TI[countable] a place where large amounts of stone or sand are dug out of the ground a slate quarry2 [singular]DSO the person or animal that you are hunting or chasing Briefly, the hunter and his quarry glared at each other.
Examples from the Corpusquarry• Maggie likes to walk in the Red Deeps, a forested abandoned quarry, and Phillip Wakem encounters her there one afternoon.• The hunter closed in on his quarry.• Carrara's alps of marble could not match the limestone quarries near Wenlock Edge for sheer potential.• The alternatives were either to make a massive quarry or to mine into the fell.• It did so by contrasting the answers from two workers who were busily wielding sledgehammers in a rock quarry.• After that, I just stayed out at the quarries.• He'd spent days up on the cliff behind the quarry, watching them take off.• There was a truck parked in front of the quarry.quarryquarry2 verb (quarried, quarrying) [transitive] to dig stone or sand from a quarryquarry something for something The rock here is quarried for building stones.quarry something from something Chalk is quarried from the surrounding area. —quarrying noun [uncountable]→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusquarry• The Romans did not quarry the most accessible stones.From Longman Business Dictionaryquarryquar‧ry /ˈkwɒriˈkwɔː-, ˈkwɑː-/ noun (plural quarries) [countable] a place where large amounts of stone, sand etc are dug out of the grounda granite quarry —quarry verb [transitive]granite that is quarried in BrazilOrigin quarry1 1. (1300-1400) Old French quarriere, from an unrecorded quarre “square stone”, from Latin quadrum “square”2. (1400-1500) Old French cuiree “inside parts of a killed animal given to the hunting dogs”, probably from Late Latin corata, from Latin cor “heart”