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Definition of quarry

i. An open or surface mineral working, usually for the extraction of building stone, as slate, limestone, etc. It is distinguished from a mine because a quarry usually is open at the top and front, and, in ordinary use of the term, by the character of the material extracted.

See Also: opencast

ii. Day work pit. Also called opencast; quarpit.

Ref: Pryor, 3

iii. An underground excavation formed in the roof, or fault, for the purpose of obtaining material for pack walls.


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