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plo·sive / ˈplōsiv/ Phonet. • adj. denoting a consonant that is produced by stopping the airflow using the lips, teeth, or palate, followed by a sudden release of air. • n. a plosive speech sound. The basic plosives in English are t, k, and p (voiceless) and d, g, and b (voiced).

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PLOSIVE. In PHONETICS, a stop CONSONANT that is released quickly, with a brief explosive sound known as a release burst. English voiceless plosives, such as /p, t, k/, are often followed by aspiration, particularly in IrE. The process is known as plosion. See ARTICULATION.

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plosive (phon.) stop consonant. XX. — F.