from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ornamental cresting, generally of open-work, as a medieval cresting of foliage, or the like.
  • noun Any open-work of rich and varied design, especially in metal.
  • noun A fence of boards in a mine or around dangerous machinery. See brattice.


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  • Hmmm, when I saw the headline "BRATTICING/BARTIZAN" I read "bratticing" as "bratticizing," the act of turning into a brat, and having "bartizan" remind me of Bart Simpson, a well known brat, didn't help. BRATTICING/BARTIZAN.

  • Scottish corruption of "bratticing" or "brattishing," from O.Fr. _bretesche_, and meaning a battlemented parapet; apparently first used by

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3 "Banks" to "Bassoon"

  • Last night my wife raised the question of how old brand names are I guessed nineteenth-century, but if anyone has any good links on the subject, please share; in the course of looking up the word brand in the OED, I noticed the headword bratticing. BRATTICING/BARTIZAN.

  • Today I looked at the definition again and saw the note "From the preceding illiterate Sc. spelling bertisene, Sir Walter Scott appears to have evolved the grandiose BARTIZAN, vaguely used by him for bretising or bratticing, and accepted by later writers as a genuine historical term"; sure enough, the etymology for bartizan is:In no dictionary before 1800; not in Todd 1818, nor Craig 1847. BRATTICING/BARTIZAN.


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  • In castle architecture, wooden housing erected on top of walls. When erected on top of towers, sometimes also known as war-heads.

    August 24, 2008