plosive

[ploh-siv] Phonetics.
adjective
1.
(of a stop consonant or occlusive) characterized by release in a plosion; explosive.
noun
2.
Also called explosive. a plosive speech sound.

Origin:
1895–1900; shortened form of explosive

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plosive (ˈpləʊsɪv)
 
adj
1.  articulated with or accompanied by plosion
 
n
2.  a plosive consonant; stop
 
[C20: from French, from explosifexplosive]

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plosive
"type of consonantal sound," 1899, from (ex)plosive (q.v.).
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plosive

in phonetics, a consonant sound characterized by the momentary blocking (occlusion) of some part of the oral cavity. A completely articulated stop usually has three stages: the catch (implosion), or beginning of the blockage; the hold (occlusion); and the release (explosion), or opening of the air passage again. A stop differs from a fricative (q.v.) in that, with a stop, occlusion is total, rather than partial. Occlusion may occur at various places in the vocal tract from the glottis to the lips; stops are thus classified as to their place of articulation-glottal, velar, palatal, alveolar, dental, bilabial, etc. In English, b and p are bilabial stops, d and t are alveolar stops, g and k are velar stops. A stop for which there is no English letter is the glottal stop, which occurs in the Scottish, Cockney, and Brooklynese pronunciation of the tt in "bottle" ("bo'l"); in other tongues (e.g., Arabic) the glottal stop has a separate mark in the script

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He entered the car where the ex plosive material was stored with a lighted lantern, thinking the car only contained oil.
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