Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A partition, typically of wood or cloth, erected in a mine for ventilation.
  • n. A breastwork erected during a siege.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wooden partition in a coal mine

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wall of separation in a shaft or gallery used for ventilation.
  • n. Planking to support a roof or wall.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mining, a board, plank, or brick lining or partition in a level of shaft, usually designed to form an air-passage or confine the current of air to a certain route. Also written brettice, brettis.
  • To separate by a brattice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. supply with a brattice, to ventilate mines
  • n. a partition (often temporary) of planks or cloth that is used to control ventilation in a mine

Etymologies

Middle English bretice, defensive structure, from Old French bretesche, from Medieval Latin bretescha (turris), British-style (tower), probably from Old English bryttisc, British.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The boys came at length to a brattice, which is a screen, of either wood or heavy cloth, set up in a passage to divert the current of air to a bench where workmen are engaged, and dodged down behind it, first shutting off their lights, of course.

    The Call of the Beaver Patrol or, A Break in the Glacier

  • The boys came at length to a brattice, which is a screen, of either wood or heavy cloth, set up in a passage to divert the current of air to a bench where workmen are engaged, and dodged down behind it, after turning off their lights, of course,

    Boy Scouts in the Coal Caverns

  • Across all this face the brattice had not been continued, approach up this slope being the most difficult to sustain.

    A River So Long

  • Yves let him withdraw half the length of his charge before daring to reach out for the solid rail where the brattice began, and swing himself over into the gallery.

    A River So Long

  • Here the brattice above was a protection to him instead of a threat.

    A River So Long

  • Here the brattice would have to be hacked free, before it spread the fire within, flashed into the woodwork of the towers, spat molten tar over the ward.

    A River So Long

  • In the corner between them, a great coiling growth, blackened now in its winter hibernation, stripped of leaves, clambered as high as the battlements where the brattice began.

    A River So Long

  • As soon as he felt they should be sufficiently distant, he crept hastily up the steps and flung himself through the embrasure, to flatten himself on the floor of the brattice under a merlon.

    A River So Long

  • A great length of the brattice is in splinters, we nearly lost a mangonel over the edge when the parapet went, but we managed to haul it in over the embrasure.

    A River So Long

  • Then the first stone crashed short against the curtain wall below the brattice, and rebounded without more damage than a few flying chips of masonry, and the siege engines were rolled out to the edge of cover, and began to batter insistently at the defences.

    A River So Long

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