Definition of plosive in English:

plosive

adjective

Phonetics
  • Denoting a consonant that is produced by stopping the airflow using the lips, teeth, or palate, followed by a sudden release of air.

    • ‘He is not yet comfortable in its ever so Russian skin, that demands a concrete command of affective articulation, and which duplicates, in compositional categories, the fruity vowels and plosive consonants of Russian speech.’
    • ‘Again, in French, the letter d generally represents the voiced alveolar plosive sound /d/ in dans, but has no phonetic value in, for example, canard (where the d is said to be ‘silent’).’

noun

Phonetics
  • A plosive speech sound. The basic plosives in English are t, k, and p (voiceless) and d, g, and b (voiced).

    • ‘Rhymes are reduced to a collection of plosives, vowels and half formed syllables where the power of the original delivery is left intact but the sense is all but removed; the rap becomes just another component of the music.’
    • ‘All the sounds were from the throat and vocal chords or sharp plosives from the lips.’
    • ‘The microphone's worst enemy is wind and plosives (the popping letters, such as ‘p’) from close speaking.’
    • ‘This is an arduous task: transcribing laughter, and words which are punctuated by breathy plosives, is extremely difficult; but there are analytic dividends.’
    • ‘He kept separate the constituents of consonantal clusters, relishing sibilants and fricatives as much as plosives and liquids, and studied the duration of pauses as carefully as the duration of syllables.’

Origin

Late 19th century: shortening of explosive.

Pronunciation

plosive

/ˈploʊzɪv//ˈplōziv/