[ ploh-siv ]
/ ˈploʊ sɪv /
(of a stop consonant or occlusive) characterized by release in a plosion; explosive.
Also called explosive. a plosive speech sound.
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Origin of plosive
First recorded in 1895–1900; shortened form of explosive
Words nearby plosive
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Example sentences 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
British Dictionary definitions for plosive
/ (ˈpləʊsɪv) phonetics /
articulated with or accompanied by plosion
a plosive consonant; stop
Word Origin for plosive
C20: from French, from explosif explosive
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