plosive

noun

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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

Etymology

short for explosive

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plosive was in 1897

Dictionary Entries Near plosive

Cite this Entry

“Plosive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plosive. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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