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
Yes, it's about a complete cessation of airflow with a sudden release -- a 'plosive' -- rather than a restriction causing 'fricative' turbulence.
On the Cosmos series he said the word "billion" with a pronounced, plosive "b" which many took to be a speech defect.
It's safest for this magazine's sanity if I substitute the words "chuffing" and "todd" for the concomitant seven- and four-letter words Bruce quietly drops everywhere, through habit rather than guile or anger; fricative and plosive, they're actually right in almost all contexts.
Perhaps the voiced bilabial plosive suggests the last and energetic verb (I know the withheld verbs create suspense).
Point is, if the model is accurate it's like describing how sounds are articulated phonetically, how the/b/sound is a voiced bilabial plosive.
Most of the time, we can differentiate between a “b” and a “p” sound over the phone, even though the audio cues that make the difference between these voiced on unvoiced plosive consonants live in the higher frequencies that are lost over phone circuits.
I found that I needed a “pop filter,” which cuts down on the plosive “p” sound and sibilance.
Tennant said that as he said everything here: with a vigorous enunciation and plosive push that was the aural equivalent of Space Dust on your tongue.
To the foreign Celtic ear, it could very well sound more like their [g-] than their [kʰ-] did since their plosive contrast was one primarily of voice, not of aspiration as among the Etruscans.
In Arabic, there is no "p" sound (voiceless bilabial plosive), so it is often replaced with a "b" sound (voiced bilabial plosive).