Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An extension of a building's roof and the protected area beneath.
  • n. A covered walkway.
  • n. An unexcavated portion of a shaftway, intended to afford protection from falling debris to workers at the bottom of the shaft during certain stages of mining.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A penthouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sloping roof projecting from an outer wall, or constructed over a door to shelter it; an awning over a door or window; a penthouse. See appentice and penthouse.

Etymologies

From Middle English pentis, pendize, and other spellings; from Anglo-Norman pentiz, aphetic of Old French apentis ("appendage, attached building"), from Medieval Latin appendicium, from Latin appendo ("to hang") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There, on its wooded height, the pentice roofs glistening in the sunlight, stood Chinon, with its triple castle, so full of the memories of history; and all around spread the wide Tourangeais.

    Orrain A Romance

  • _ (Casqued halberdiers in armour thrust forward a pentice of gutted spearpoints.

    Ulysses

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  • "Casqued halberdiers in armour thrust forward a pentice of gutted spear points." Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 1, 2008