brattice up


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 ).

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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brattice (ˈbrætɪs)
1.  a partition of wood or treated cloth used to control ventilation in a mine
2.  medieval fortifications a fixed wooden tower or parapet
3.  (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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