convulsion


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con·vul·sion

 (kən-vŭl′shən)
n.
1. An intense, paroxysmal, involuntary muscular contraction.
2. An uncontrolled fit, as of laughter; a paroxysm.
3. Violent turmoil: "The market convulsions of the last few weeks have shaken the world" (Felix Rohatyn).

convulsion

(kənˈvʌlʃən)
n
1. (Medicine) a violent involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles
2. a violent upheaval, disturbance, or agitation, esp a social one
3. (usually plural) informal uncontrollable laughter: I was in convulsions.
conˈvulsionary adj

con•vul•sion

(kənˈvʌl ʃən)

n.
1. contortion of the body caused by violent, involuntary muscular contractions.
2. a violent disturbance.
3. an outburst of great, uncontrollable laughter.
[1575–85; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.convulsion - a sudden uncontrollable attack; "a paroxysm of giggling"; "a fit of coughing"; "convulsions of laughter"
attack - a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; "an attack of diarrhea"
2.convulsion - violent uncontrollable contractions of muscles
ictus, raptus, seizure - a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease; "he suffered an epileptic seizure"
clonus - convulsion characterized by alternating contractions and relaxations
epileptic seizure - convulsions accompanied by impaired consciousness
3.convulsion - a violent disturbanceconvulsion - a violent disturbance; "the convulsions of the stock market"
commotion, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do, disruption, disturbance, flutter - a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
4.convulsion - a physical disturbance such as an earthquake or upheaval
trouble - an event causing distress or pain; "what is the trouble?"; "heart trouble"

convulsion

noun
1. spasm, fit, shaking, seizure, contraction, tremor, cramp, contortion, paroxysm He fell to the floor in the grip of an epileptic convulsion.
2. upheaval, disturbance, furore, turbulence, agitation, commotion, tumult It was a decade that saw many great social, economic and political convulsions.

convulsion

noun
1. The condition of being physically agitated:
2. A momentous or sweeping change:
3. A condition of anguished struggle and disorder:
paroxysm, throe (used in plural).
Translations
křeč
krampekrampeanfaldkrampetrækning
kohtauskouristusmullistus
grč
háborgásrángató zásrángatózásrengés
rykkir, krampi
katılmasarsılma

convulsion

[kənˈvʌlʃən] N
1. (= fit, seizure) → convulsión f
to have convulsionstener convulsiones
2. (fig) → conmoción f
they were in convulsions [of laughter] → se desternillaban de risa

convulsion

[kənˈvʌlʃən] n (MEDICINE) (= fit) → convulsion f

convulsion

n
(Med) → Schüttelkrampf m no pl, → Konvulsion f (spec); (of crying) → Weinkrampf m no pl
(caused by social upheaval etc) → Erschütterung f
(inf, of laughter) to go into/be in convulsionssich biegen or schütteln vor Lachen; he had the audience in convulsionser rief beim Publikum wahre Lachstürme hervor

convulsion

[kənˈvʌlʃn] n (fit, seizure) → convulsione f
in convulsions (fam) (laughter) → piegato/a in due (dalle risate)

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.

con·vul·sion

n. convulsión, contracción involuntaria de un músculo;
febrile ______ febril;
Jacksonian ______ Jacksoniana;
tonic-clonic ______ tonicoclónica.

convulsion

n convulsión f, ataque m (fam)
References in classic literature ?
Instead of continuing its discontented growls, or manifesting any further signs of anger, the whole of its shaggy body shook violently, as if agitated by some strange internal convulsion.
Carr was too absorbed in business to give heed to what he looked upon as a convulsion of society as natural as a geological upheaval, and too prudent to provoke the criticism of his daughters by comment in their presence.
Then it was a strange sight to behold how the man of conventionalities shook the powder out of his periwig; how the reserved and stately gentleman forgot his dignity; how the gold-embroidered waistcoat flickered and glistened in the firelight with the convulsion of rage, terror, and sorrow in the human heart that was beating under it.
After a brief space, the convulsion grew almost imperceptible, and finally subsided into the depths of his nature.
While this dumb convulsion lasted I could only watch it-- which I did the more intently when I saw Flora's face peep at me over our companion's shoulder.
And Jurgis was a man whose soul had been murdered, who had ceased to hope and to struggle--who had made terms with degradation and despair; and now, suddenly, in one awful convulsion, the black and hideous fact was made plain to him
Every nation that carries in its bosom great and unredressed injustice has in it the elements of this last convulsion.
Mary gave him a brand-new "Barlow" knife worth twelve and a half cents; and the convulsion of delight that swept his system shook him to his foundations.
Then I rose up on my curtainless bed, trembling and quivering; and then the still, dark night witnessed the convulsion of despair, and heard the burst of passion.
Miss Marrable sank back in the arm-chair, and gave way to the second convulsion.
It was such an early day that it came soon, even to me, who was in a fever of expectation, and half afraid that an earthquake or a fiery mountain, or some other great convulsion of nature, might interpose to stop the expedition.
Grotius himself had been a most distinguished actor and sufferer in those important scenes of internal convulsion, and his work was first published very shortly after the departure of our forefathers from Leyden.