- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for brattice
Part of the brattice, which was very strong, was blown away at the bottom of the pits.
Fillets of wood are also fixed all the way down on each side of the brattice, constituting what is called a double pit.
The thirling a is then closed by a brick stopping, and the brattice boards removed forward for a similar operation.
The air passes along one side of the brattice, courses round the free end, and returns on the other side.
- 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
C13: from Old French bretesche wooden tower, from Medieval Latin breteschia, probably from Latin Britō a Briton
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