Definition of 'quarry'

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Example sentences containing 'quarry'

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My grandfather earned the money for the ring by doing hard labor in a stone quarry. Christianity Today (2000)Quarry workers digging limestone had found bones that they thought were the remains of a bear. Times, Sunday Times (2006) Old quarries were used for storing wine and growing mushrooms. Times, Sunday Times (2009)We walked past equipment from disused stone quarries along the way. Times, Sunday Times (2008)There are at least two quarries in this book. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The whole thing underwritten by a local quarry. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The remains of former chalk quarries can be seen above the road on the north side. Perring, Franklyn A Guide to Britain's Conservation Heritage (1991)He did years of hard labour in a limestone quarry. Times, Sunday Times (2013)He also warned of the perils of disused quarries. The Sun (2015)My dad was a fitter in a local quarry as was my grandad. The Sun (2015)Its stone quarries are long established. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The quarry worker told her he had kicked the habit and they went to Cyprus. The Sun (2012)Both, as well as quarry and cement tiles. Times, Sunday Times (2013)In reality much of it is also quarries, derelict land and commercial forestry. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The cat was spotted on Wednesday night by a quarry worker. The Sun (2016)Built in a cement quarry. The Sun (2015) Old quarries, with restricted access, provide an additional habitat. Perring, Franklyn A Guide to Britain's Conservation Heritage (1991)There were barges loading granite, tin and copper from local mines and quarries to be carried down river to Plymouth and the sea. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Behind us were bigger and more recent quarries and mines that had been worked for copper, lead and cobalt until the end of the 19th century. Times, Sunday Times (2013)

Synonyms of 'quarry'

excavate, mine, dig up, dig out

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Translations for 'quarry'

British English: quarry /ˈkwɒrɪ/ NOUN
A quarry is an area that is dug out from a piece of land or mountainside in order to extract stone, slate, or minerals.
...the biggest stone quarry in the country.
  • American English: quarry
  • Arabic: مَحْجَر
  • Brazilian Portuguese: pedreira
  • Chinese: 采石场
  • Croatian: kamenolom
  • Czech: lom na kámen
  • Danish: brud stenbrud
  • Dutch: steengroeve
  • European Spanish: cantera
  • Finnish: louhos
  • French: carrière roche
  • German: Steinbruch
  • Greek: λατομείο
  • Italian: cava
  • Japanese: 採石場
  • Korean: 채석장
  • Norwegian: steinbrudd
  • Polish: łup
  • European Portuguese: pedreira
  • Romanian: carieră
  • Russian: карьер
  • Spanish: cantera
  • Swedish: stenbrott
  • Thai: สถานที่ที่ขุดเอาหินออกมา
  • Turkish: taş ocağı
  • Ukrainian: кар'єр
  • Vietnamese: mỏ đá
British English: quarry VERB
When stone or minerals are quarried or when an area is quarried for them, they are removed from the area by digging, drilling, or using explosives.
The large limestone caves are also quarried for cement.


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