- (of a stop consonant or occlusive) characterized by release in a plosion; explosive.
- Also called explosive. a plosive speech sound.
Origin of plosive
First recorded in 1895–1900; shortened form of explosive
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Examples from the Web for plosive
From its rarity I infer that the Plosive stock has not multiplied lavishly on the earth.All Men are Ghosts
L. P. Jacks
- articulated with or accompanied by plosion
- a plosive consonant; stop
C20: from French, from explosif explosive
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Word Origin and History for plosive
type of consonantal sound, 1899, from explosive. As an adjective from 1909.
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