(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plosive

Historical Examples of plosive

  • From its rarity I infer that the Plosive stock has not multiplied lavishly on the earth.

British Dictionary definitions for plosive



articulated with or accompanied by plosion


a plosive consonant; stop

Word Origin for plosive

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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