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(mining engineering)
A rock pillar left, or a heavy timber bulkhead placed, in the bottom of a deep shaft of two or more compartments; the shaft is then further sunk through the pentice.
In shaft sinking, a solid rock pillar left in the bottom of the shaft for overhead protection of miners while the shaft is being extended by sinking.

appentice, pent, pentice

A minor structure built against the side of a building, with a roof of single slope; a penthouse, 3.

penthouse, pendice, pentice

1. A structure occupying usually less than half the roof area of a flat-roofed building, and used: (a) to house equipment for elevator, ventilation or air conditioning, or other mechanical or electrical systems serving the building, or (b) to house one or more apartments, access to which is gained by a stair or stairs, or a separate elevator but usually not by the building’s main elevators.
2. An appentice.


1. A small pent roof, 1 on a side of a building, often restricted to the area over a door.
2.See penthouse.
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And of course right in front of them were the townsfolk assembled by the Pentice, some eager, some hostile, but in larger numbers than ever before at that site.
The Mayor and his Assembly, from behind the facade of the Pentice, must have watched the plays much as they always did, but especially alert for examples of religious expression that in an earlier age might have proved the town's piety but today could be seen to betray a shameful Popishness.
Still, for Chester in 1575, the coincidence of the newly rebuilt Pentice as an explicit locus of surveillance surely resonates as a kind of l6th century Panoptic on, again not only in form but also in function.