plo·​sive | \ ˈplō-siv How to pronounce plosive (audio) \

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plosive adjective

Examples of plosive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is because the G sound is plosive, a consonant that is spoken by stopping the airflow in your mouth. Matt Simon, Wired, 27 May 2020 The plosives and fricatives of a complex word, the specific place your lips meet or don't to shape and push out a puff of air that carries a sound. Julie Muncy, Wired, 5 Feb. 2020 There’s something about the sound of it that is sonically shocking — the juxtaposition of two harsh plosives in a string of so few letters. Jessica Bennett, New York Times, 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of plosive

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plosive

short for explosive

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“Plosive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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