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con·vulse

 (kən-vŭls′)
v. con·vulsed, con·vuls·ing, con·vuls·es
v.tr.
1. To shake or agitate violently: tremors that convulsed the countryside. See Synonyms at agitate.
2. To disturb or upset severely: Strikes and riots convulsed the nation.
3. To affect with irregular and involuntary muscular contractions; throw into convulsions.
4. To cause to shake with laughter or strong emotion.
v.intr.
1. To become affected by convulsions; shake.
2. To be disturbed or upset: The region convulses with change.

[Latin convellere, convuls-, to pull violently : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + vellere, to pull.]

convulse

(kənˈvʌls)
vb
1. (tr) to shake or agitate violently
2. (Medicine) (tr) to cause (muscles) to undergo violent spasms or contractions
3. informal (often foll by: with) to shake or be overcome (with violent emotion, esp laughter)
4. (tr) to disrupt the normal running of (a country, etc): student riots have convulsed India.
[C17: from Latin convulsus, from convellere to tear up, from vellere to pluck, pull]
conˈvulsive adj
conˈvulsively adv
conˈvulsiveness n

con•vulse

(kənˈvʌls)

v.t. -vulsed, -vuls•ing.
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.
[1635–45; < Latin convulsus, past participle of convellere to shatter, tear loose =con- con- + vellere to pull, tear]
con•vuls′ed•ly, adv.

convulse


Past participle: convulsed
Gerund: convulsing

Imperative
convulse
convulse
Present
I convulse
you convulse
he/she/it convulses
we convulse
you convulse
they convulse
Preterite
I convulsed
you convulsed
he/she/it convulsed
we convulsed
you convulsed
they convulsed
Present Continuous
I am convulsing
you are convulsing
he/she/it is convulsing
we are convulsing
you are convulsing
they are convulsing
Present Perfect
I have convulsed
you have convulsed
he/she/it has convulsed
we have convulsed
you have convulsed
they have convulsed
Past Continuous
I was convulsing
you were convulsing
he/she/it was convulsing
we were convulsing
you were convulsing
they were convulsing
Past Perfect
I had convulsed
you had convulsed
he/she/it had convulsed
we had convulsed
you had convulsed
they had convulsed
Future
I will convulse
you will convulse
he/she/it will convulse
we will convulse
you will convulse
they will convulse
Future Perfect
I will have convulsed
you will have convulsed
he/she/it will have convulsed
we will have convulsed
you will have convulsed
they will have convulsed
Future Continuous
I will be convulsing
you will be convulsing
he/she/it will be convulsing
we will be convulsing
you will be convulsing
they will be convulsing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been convulsing
you have been convulsing
he/she/it has been convulsing
we have been convulsing
you have been convulsing
they have been convulsing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been convulsing
you will have been convulsing
he/she/it will have been convulsing
we will have been convulsing
you will have been convulsing
they will have been convulsing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been convulsing
you had been convulsing
he/she/it had been convulsing
we had been convulsing
you had been convulsing
they had been convulsing
Conditional
I would convulse
you would convulse
he/she/it would convulse
we would convulse
you would convulse
they would convulse
Past Conditional
I would have convulsed
you would have convulsed
he/she/it would have convulsed
we would have convulsed
you would have convulsed
they would have convulsed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.convulse - make someone convulse with laughter; "The comedian convulsed the crowd"
amuse - make (somebody) laugh; "The clown amused the children"
2.convulse - be overcome with laughter
express joy, express mirth, laugh - produce laughter
3.convulse - move or stir about violently; "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed"
shake, agitate - move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking"
whip - thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash; "The tall grass whipped in the wind"
4.convulse - shake uncontrollably; "earthquakes convulsed the countryside"
shake, agitate - move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking"
5.convulse - cause to contract; "The spasm convulses her facial muscles"
constrict, compress, contract, compact, press, squeeze - squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"
convulse - contract involuntarily, as in a spasm; "The muscles in her face convulsed"
6.convulse - contract involuntarily, as in a spasm; "The muscles in her face convulsed"
constrict, compress, contract, compact, press, squeeze - squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"
convulse - cause to contract; "The spasm convulses her facial muscles"

convulse

verb
1. shake, twist, agitate, contort He let out a cry that convulsed his whole body.
2. twist, contort, work Olivia's face convulsed in a series of spasms.

convulse

verb
To cause to move to and fro violently:
Translations
يَهـتَـز بقُوّه
zmítat se
få krampetrækninger
hrista ofsalega
konvulsijakonvulsiniskonvulsiškaimėšlungismėšlungiškas
kratītradīt krampjus
şiddetle sars mak

convulse

[kənˈvʌls] VT
1. (often pass) [earthquake etc] → sacudir (fig) [war, riot] → convulsionar, conmocionar
2. (fig) to be convulsed with laughterdesternillarse de risa
to be convulsed with angerestar ciego de ira
to be convulsed with painretorcerse de dolor

convulse

[kənˈvʌls] vt
[+ country, society] → bouleverser
to be convulsed with laughter → se tordre de rire

convulse

vt (earthquake, war etc) landerschüttern; (fig also)schütteln; sb’s body, muscleskrampfhaft zusammenziehen; to be convulsed with laughter/in painsich vor Lachen schütteln/Schmerzen krümmen; a face convulsed with rageein vor Wut verzerrtes Gesicht; a joke which convulsed the audienceein Witz, bei dem sich das Publikum vor Lachen bog

convulse

[kənˈvʌls] vtsconvolgere
to be convulsed with pain/laughter → contorcersi dal dolore/dalle risa

convulse

(kənˈvals) verb
to shake violently. convulsed with laughter.
conˈvulsive (-siv) adjective
conˈvulsively adverb
conˈvulsion (-ʃən) noun
(often in plural) a sudden stiffening or jerking of the muscles of the body.
References in classic literature ?
But Laurence thought it strange that a man with such a face, indicating hardly a common share of intellect, should have had influence enough on human affairs to convulse the world with war.
It may clog the administration, it may convulse the society; but it will be unable to execute and mask its violence under the forms of the Constitution.
MENTAL health charity Mind says ECT is given under a general anaesthetic and uses muscle relaxants, so that the muscles only twitch slightly, and the body does not convulse during the fit the treatment induces.
Keeping an eye on geologic faults can be useful even long after they convulse in a great earthquake.