Convulse



[kuh n-vuhls] /kənˈvʌls/

verb (used with object), convulsed, convulsing.
1.
to shake violently; agitate.
2.
to cause to shake violently with laughter, anger, pain, etc.
3.
to cause to suffer violent, spasmodic contractions of the muscles.
/kənˈvʌls/
verb
1.
(transitive) to shake or agitate violently
2.
(transitive) to cause (muscles) to undergo violent spasms or contractions
3.
(informal) (intransitive) often foll by with. to shake or be overcome (with violent emotion, esp laughter)
4.
(transitive) to disrupt the normal running of (a country, etc): student riots have convulsed India
v.

1640s, transitive; 1680s, intransitive; from Latin convulsus, past participle of convellere (transitive only) “to pull away, to pull this way and that, wrench,” hence “to weaken, overthrow, destroy” (see convulsion). Related: Convulsed (1630s); convulsing.

convulse con·vulse (kən-vŭls’)
v. con·vulsed, con·vuls·ing, con·vuls·es
To affect with irregular and involuntary muscular contractions; throw into convulsions.

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