[ brat-is ]
/ ˈbræt ɪs /


a partition or lining, as of planks or cloth, forming an air passage in a mine.
(in medieval architecture) any temporary wooden fortification, especially at the top of a wall.

verb (used with object), brat·ticed, brat·tic·ing.

to provide with a brattice (often followed by up).

Origin of brattice

1300–50; Middle English brutaske, bretage, bretice < Anglo-French bretaske, bretage, Anglo-French, Old French bretesche wooden parapet on a fortress < Medieval Latin (9th century) brittisca, apparently a Latinized form of Old English Bryttisc British (or a new formation in ML), on the presumption that such parapets were introduced from Britain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brattice


/ (ˈbrætɪs) /


a partition of wood or treated cloth used to control ventilation in a mine
medieval fortifications a fixed wooden tower or parapet


(tr) mining to fit with a brattice

Word Origin for brattice

C13: from Old French bretesche wooden tower, from Medieval Latin breteschia, probably from Latin Britō a Briton
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