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[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), bratticed, bratticing.
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
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Examples from the web for brattice
  • brattice hung in the cavity helped reduce methane concentrations without auxiliary ventilation.
  • He issued the citation because he observed the brattice line attached to the roof and the area was not supported.
  • However, brattice cloth was wrapped around the pick breaker.
  • The return air was pulled from the gallery behind a brattice and wood wall built along the right side of the entry.
  • In order to gain direct access to the face of the seal, three vertical sections were cut into the wooden form and brattice cloth.
  • The chain link and the brattice cloth barricade on the exhaust side of the full room is then secured.
  • brattice cloth that was spaded to the roof above the belt take-up unit showed no fresh cuts or tears.
  • All brattice cloth and ventilation tubing shall be flame resistant.
  • The return air was directed behind a brattice-covered wood wall constructed along the right side of the entry to the outside.
British Dictionary definitions for brattice


a partition of wood or treated cloth used to control ventilation in a mine
(medieval fortifications) a fixed wooden tower or parapet
(transitive) (mining) to fit with a brattice
Word Origin
C13: from Old French bretesche wooden tower, from Medieval Latin breteschia, probably from Latin Britō a Briton
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