con|vulse

con|vulse
con|vulse «kuhn VUHLS», transitive verb, -vulsed, -vuls|ing.
1. to shake violently: »

An earthquake convulsed the island, damaging many of the buildings.

SYNONYM(S): agitate.
2. to cause violent disturbance in: »

His face was convulsed with rage.

3. to throw into convulsions; shake with muscular spasms: »

The sick child was convulsed before the doctor came.

4. to throw into fits of laughter; cause to shake with laughter: »

The clown convulsed the audience with his funny acts.

[< Latin convulsus, past participle of convellere to tear violently < com- (intensive) + vellere to tear away]

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  • convulse — con•vulse [[t]kənˈvʌls[/t]] v. t. vulsed, vuls•ing 1) to shake violently; agitate 2) to cause to shake violently with laughter, anger, pain, etc 3) pat to cause to suffer violent, spasmodic contractions of the muscles • Etymology: 1635–45; < L …   From formal English to slang

  • convulse — con·vulse kən vəls vb, con·vulsed; con·vuls·ing vt to shake or agitate violently esp to shake or cause to shake with or as if with irregular spasms <was convulsed with pain> vi to become affected with convulsions <some children will… …   Medical dictionary

  • convulse — con|vulse [kənˈvʌls] v [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of convellere to pull violently , from com ( COM ) + vellere to pull out ] 1.) [I] if your body or a part of it convulses, it moves violently and you are not able to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • convulse — con|vulse [ kən vʌls ] verb 1. ) transitive MAINLY JOURNALISM to cause major problems or serious harm to someone or something: ethnic killings that have convulsed the region in recent weeks Problems in the Far Eastern economy convulsed the New… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Convulse — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Convulsed — Convulse 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Convulsing — Convulse 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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