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brattice

Syllabification: brat·tice
Pronunciation: /ˈbradəs
 
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Definition of brattice in English:

noun

A partition or shaft lining in a coal mine, typically made of wood or heavy cloth.
Example sentences
  • It was past seven o'clock now and the first purple brattices of night were draping the eastern horizon.
  • The shaft at Moorfield had the brattice removed and was fitted out with two double-decked cages.
  • It was the practice to fill in the spaces between the brattices and the wax walls with slack.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a temporary wooden gallery for use in a siege): from Old French bretesche, from medieval Latin britisca, from Old English brittisc 'British.' The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

Derivatives

bratticed

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The auxiliary winder is a ground-mounted, single drum winder with a double-deck, six-man cage on fixed guides in a bratticed compartment in the shaft.
  • The shaft is divided or bratticed into two compartments, in the other one of which the pumps and their apparatus are placed.
  • Nine men had survived the blast, had bratticed themselves into a side tunnel.

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