Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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).
  • noun 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.
  • noun Hunted or slaughtered game, or any object of eager pursuit.
  • noun 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.
  • Square; quadrate.
  • Stout; fat; corpulent.
  • noun A square or lozenge.
  • noun A small square or lozenge-shaped pane of glass: same as quarrel, 1 .
  • noun A bolt or arrow with a square head: same as quarrel, 2.
  • To pave with quarries. See quarry, 1 .
  • To prey, as a vulture or harpy.
  • To provide with prey.
  • To dig or take from a quarry: as, to quarry marble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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An alteration of quarrel

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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."

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From Medieval Latin quarreria (1266), literally a "place where stones are squared", from Latin quadrare "to square", itself from quadra 'a square'

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