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

Examples of plosive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To prevent pops and plosives, beyerdynamic built a pop filter into the M 70 PRO X with a foam layer to protect the capsule. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 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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Word History


short for explosive

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plosive was in 1897

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“Plosive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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