Part of speech:
Both a noun ("a quarry," "the quarry")
and a verb ("to quarry something.")
There are lots, so let's focus on the most useful:
1. A quarry is something you're hunting, or something you're trying to get.
2. A quarry can also be a plentiful supply of something.
3. And, because a quarry is also a place in the earth where you take out stone or marble and so on to use, to quarry something is to get it through hard work, as if you're working to take it from the ground.
quarries, quarried, quarrying, quarrier
How to use it:
For the noun's first meaning I mentioned, talk about something being your quarry, his quarry, her quarry, etc.: "It's college application time, and Harvard is her quarry."
For that second meaning for the noun, talk about a quarry of something when you want to compare those things to valuable resources waiting to be dug up: a quarry of details, a quarry of information, a quarry of good luck, a quarry of evidence, a quarry of leads, a quarry of ideas, etc.
For the verb, talk about quarrying something (often for or from something) as in "I've been quarrying the Bible for examples of beautiful writing," or, stated differently, "I've been quarrying examples of beautiful writing from the Bible." And you can mention something being quarried from something: "the information quarried from this reference book," "the new strategies quarried from the teaching conference."
What a lot of us can't really understand about the Twilight series is why Bella, a deeply uninteresting girl, remains the quarry of more than one interesting, attractive, self-possessed man.
I've been digging my way through Barbara Ann Kipfer's book Word Nerd, a quarry of facts about English words.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "quarry” means when you can explain it without saying “thing being hunted" or “rich supply."
Think of something you desperately wanted when you were younger, and fill in the blanks: "When _____, nothing could distract me from my quarry: _____."
Example: "When I was five or six, nothing could distract me from my quarry: being a contestant on the Bozo the Clown show. No, I never actually did this, and, yes, it seems really creepy when I consider it now."
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Playing With Words:
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A Point Well Made:
Elizabeth Alexander: “We must be gleaners from what life has set before us.”
1. One opposite of QUARRY is
2. Information quarried from interviews _____
A. must be ignored, legally speaking, in the hiring decision.
B. always reveals whether or not the interviewee is hiding something.
C. can offer richer detail than that gained by multiple-choice questionnaires.
Answers are below.
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