from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hunted animal; prey.
  • n. Hunted animals considered as a group; game.
  • n. An object of pursuit: The police lost their quarry in the crowd.
  • n. An open excavation or pit from which stone is obtained by digging, cutting, or blasting.
  • n. A rich or productive source: found the book an indispensable quarry of information.
  • transitive v. To obtain (stone) from a quarry, as by cutting, digging, or blasting.
  • transitive v. To extract (facts, for example) by long, careful searching: finally quarried out the genealogy from hundreds of sources.
  • transitive v. To use (land) as a quarry.
  • n. A square or diamond shape.
  • n. A pane of glass having this shape.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A site for mining stone, limestone or slate.
  • v. To obtain (mine) stone by extraction from a quarry.
  • v. (transitive) To extract or slowly obtain by long, tedious searching.
  • n. An animal which is hunted, notably mammal or bird.
  • n. An object of search or pursuit.
  • n. A diamond-shaped tile or pane, notably of glass or stone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Quadrate; square.
  • n. Same as 1st quarrel.
  • n.
  • n. A part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to the hounds.
  • n. A heap of game killed.
  • n. The object of the chase; the animal hunted for; game; especially, the game hunted with hawks.
  • n. 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).
  • intransitive v. To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy.
  • transitive v. To dig or take from a quarry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Square; quadrate.
  • Stout; fat; corpulent.
  • n. A square or lozenge.
  • n. A small square or lozenge-shaped pane of glass: same as quarrel, 1 .
  • n. A bolt or arrow with a square head: same as quarrel, 2.
  • To dig or take from a quarry: as, to quarry marble.
  • To prey, as a vulture or harpy.
  • To provide with prey.
  • To pave with quarries. See quarry, 1 .
  • n. A place, cavern, or pit where stones are dug from the earth, or separated, as by blasting with gunpowder, from a large mass of rock.
  • n. The refuse parts of an animal slain in the chase, given in the skin to the hounds: as, to make the quarry (to open and skin the animal slain, and give the refuse to the hounds).
  • n. A beast of the chase when pursued or slain; any creature hunted by men or by beasts or birds of prey, especially after it has been killed.
  • n. Hunted or slaughtered game, or any object of eager pursuit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry
  • n. a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence
  • n. a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
  • n. animal hunted or caught for food


Middle English querre, entrails of a deer given to hounds as a reward, from Old French cuiriee, alteration (influenced by cuir, skin) of coree, from Vulgar Latin *corāta, viscera, from Latin cor, heart.
Middle English quarey, from Medieval Latin quareria, quareia, alteration of Old French quarriere, from *quarre, cut stone, from Latin quadrum, square.
Variant of quarrel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin quarreria (1266), literally a "place where stones are squared", from Latin quadrare "to square", itself from quadra 'a square' (Wiktionary)
From quirre "entrails of deer placed on the hide and given to dogs of the chase as a reward," from Anglo-Norman quirreie, from Old French cuiriee, altered (influenced by Old French cuir "skin," from Latin corium "hide"), from corée "viscera, entrails," from Vulgar Latin corata "entrails," from Latin cor "heart." (Wiktionary)
An alteration of quarrel (Wiktionary)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.