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plosive Line breaks: plo|sive
Pronunciation: /ˈpləʊsɪv/

Definition of plosive in English:


Denoting a consonant that is produced by stopping the airflow using the lips, teeth, or palate, followed by a sudden release of air.
Example sentences
  • He is not yet comfortable in its ever so Russian skin, that demands a concrete command of affective articulation, and which duplicates, in compositional categories, the fruity vowels and plosive consonants of Russian speech.
  • Again, in French, the letter d generally represents the voiced alveolar plosive sound /d/ in dans, but has no phonetic value in, for example, canard (where the d is said to be ‘silent’).


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A plosive speech sound. The basic plosives in English are t, k, and p (voiceless) and d, g, and b (voiced).
Example sentences
  • He kept separate the constituents of consonantal clusters, relishing sibilants and fricatives as much as plosives and liquids, and studied the duration of pauses as carefully as the duration of syllables.
  • Rhymes are reduced to a collection of plosives, vowels and half formed syllables where the power of the original delivery is left intact but the sense is all but removed; the rap becomes just another component of the music.
  • All the sounds were from the throat and vocal chords or sharp plosives from the lips.


Late 19th century: shortening of explosive.

Words that rhyme with plosive

corrosive, explosive, implosive
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