Definitions for: Convulse

[v] be overcome with laughter
[v] make someone convulse with laughter; "The comedian convulsed the crowd"
[v] of muscles
[v] cause to contract, as of muscles
[v] move or stir about violently; "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed"

Webster (1913) Definition: Con*vulse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Convulsed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Convulsing.] [L. convulsus, p. p. of convellere to
tear up, to shake; con- + vellere to pluck, pull.]
1. To contract violently and irregulary, as the muscular
parts of an animal body; to shake with irregular spasms,
as in excessive laughter, or in agony from grief or pain.

With emotions which checked his voice and convulsed
his powerful frame. --Macaulay.

2. To agitate greatly; to shake violently.

The world is convulsed by the agonies of great
nations. --Macaulay.

Syn: To agitate; disturb; shake; tear; rend.

Synonyms: jactitate, slash, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss

See Also: agitate, amuse, compact, compress, constrict, contract, convulse, express joy, express mirth, laugh, press, shake, squeeze, whip

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