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quarrynoun

 us   /ˈkwɑr·i, ˈkwɔr·i/
  • quarry noun (PLACE)

[C] a ​largehole in the ​ground that ​workersdig in ​order to use the ​stone and ​sand for ​buildingmaterial
  • quarry noun (PERSON/ANIMAL)

[U] a ​person, ​animal, or ​group being ​hunted or ​looked for: Using ​videocameras can be ​tricky for researchers ​trying to ​blend in with ​their quarry .

quarryverb [T]

 us   /ˈkwɑr·i, ˈkwɔr·i/
  • quarry verb [T] (DIG)

to ​digstone and ​sand from a quarry: The ​graylimestone 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 British English

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quarrynoun

uk   /ˈkwɒr.i/  us   /ˈkwɔːr-/
  • quarry noun (HOLE)

[C] a ​largeartificialhole in the ​ground where ​stone, ​sand, etc. is ​dug for use as ​buildingmaterial: a ​granite/​limestone/​marble/​slate quarry
  • quarry noun (IN HUNTING)

[S] a ​person or ​animal being ​hunted or ​looked for: The ​dogspursuedtheir quarry into an ​emptywarehouse.

quarryverb [T]

uk   /ˈkwɒr.i/  us   /ˈkwɔːr-/
to ​digstone, etc. from a quarry
(Definition of quarry from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quarry" in Business English

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quarrynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkwɒri/
PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES a ​place where stone, sand, etc. is dug out of the ​ground for use as ​buildingmaterial: a granite/limestone/marble quarry His father ​worked in a limestone quarry. a rock/stone/slate quarry

quarryverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈkwɒri/
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)
Translations of “quarry”
in Korean 채석장…
in Arabic مَقْلَع الحِجارة, مَحْجَر…
in Malaysian kuari…
in French carrière…
in Russian каменоломня, карьер…
in Chinese (Traditional) 坑, 採石場…
in Italian cava…
in Turkish taş ocağı…
in Polish kamieniołom…
in Spanish cantera…
in Vietnamese mỏ đá…
in Portuguese pedreira…
in Thai เหมืองระเบิดหิน, เหมืองเจาะหิน, บ่อหิน…
in German der Steinbruch…
in Catalan pedrera…
in Japanese 採石場, 石切り場…
in Chinese (Simplified) 坑, 采石场…
in Indonesian tambang batu…
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