from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a speech sound produced by complete closure of the oral passage and subsequent release accompanied by a burst of air, as in the sound (p) in pit or (d) in dog.
  • n. A plosive speech sound.

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  • n. Sound produced from opening a previously closed oral passage; for example, when pronouncing the sound /p/ in "pug".
  • adj. Produced in this way.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it


From explosive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • :-) Try smuggling that on board the aircraft!

    December 15, 2007

  • polyplosivity!

    December 15, 2007

  • I wrote a sentence today which read in part:
    "to pep up its appearance".
    It sounded terrible with its overdose of plosives.

    December 15, 2007