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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 ?
So is all change for the better, like birth and death, which convulse the body.
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.
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.
And then, realising the dreadful position in which I was placed, I implored him to remember that not only my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at stake; and that he threatened to raise a scandal which would convulse the nation.
Then I saw her frame convulse, shudderingly, her muscles reacting to her rapidly lowering temperature, and casting prudery to the winds, I threw myself down beside her and took her in my arms, pressing her body close to mine.
So Rose went and found the little Chinaman with a funny lantern waiting to help her in and convulse her with laughter trying to express his emotions in pigeon English.