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Definition of "quarry" []

  • A hunted animal; prey. (noun)
  • Hunted animals considered as a group; game. (noun)
  • An object of pursuit: The police lost their quarry in the crowd. (noun)
  • An open excavation or pit from which stone is obtained by digging, cutting, or blasting. (noun)
  • A rich or productive source: found the book an indispensable quarry of information. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "quarry" in a sentence
  • "The base of the quarry is the only flat part of the site and this is used for car access and the entrance to the house."
  • "Their quarry is a U.N. aide worker named Marion Dupuis who has suddenly disappeared from her assignment in war-torn Africa."
  • "Hunting, no matter the quarry is what you make it."