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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 when the firste pagiante was played at the Abbaye gates, then it was wheled from thense to Pentice at the Highe Crosse before the major.
And one more item might have served as a warning sign: beyond the unusual pairing of religious plays with the Midsummer celebrations, it was specified that the cycle was to be played in only one place in the city that year: before the Pentice (Mills 1985: 5).
The mayor and aldermen met them at the city gates on their arrival, banqueted them at the civic hall known as the Pentice, and bestowed gifts upon them as well.
He had it disband journeymen's brotherhoods that threatened to undermine the interests of the guild masters, and he induced it to award the valuable office of the Pentice clerkship to a local man, Ellis Williams, against the efforts of several privy councillors to prefer their own candidate for the post.