Meaning of “quarry” in the English Dictionary

"quarry" in American English

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us /ˈkwɑr·i, ˈkwɔr·i/

quarry noun (PLACE)

[ C ] a large hole in the ground that workers dig in order to use the stone and sand for building material

quarry noun (PERSON/ANIMAL)

[ U ] a person, animal, or group being hunted or looked for:

Using video cameras can be tricky for researchers trying to blend in with their quarry .

quarryverb [ T ]

us /ˈkwɑr·i, ˈkwɔr·i/

quarry verb [ T ] (DIG)

to dig stone and sand from a quarry:

The gray limestone in this area was once quarried for use in bridges and buildings.

(Definition of “quarry” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"quarry" in Business English

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quarrynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkwɒri/ us

PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES a place where stone, sand, etc. is dug out of the ground for use as building material:

a granite/limestone/marble quarry His father worked in a limestone quarry.
a rock/stone/slate quarry

quarryverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈkwɒri/ us

PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES to dig stone, etc. from a quarry:

The mining and quarrying sector as a whole is expected to grow by 6.8% this year.

(Definition of “quarry” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)