Definition of convulse
: to shake or agitate violently; especially : to shake with or as if with irregular spasms was convulsed with laughter
: to become affected with convulsions
Examples of convulse in a Sentence
The patient reacted to the medication and began convulsing.
The country was convulsed by war.
Recent Examples of convulse from the Web
Midazolam is supposed to prevent an inmate from feeling pain, but several executions in which inmates lurched or convulsed have raised questions about its use.
By the 1990s, the economy is growing at a torrid pace, with the entire coast of China convulsed with business activity and boomtowns sprouting all over the place.
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Origin and Etymology of convulse
Latin convulsus, past participle of convellere to pluck up, convulse, from com- + vellere to pluck — more at vulnerable
First Known Use: 1614
Synonym Discussion of convulse
CONVULSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of convulse for English Language Learners
medical : to have an experience in which the muscles in your body shake in a sudden violent way that you are not able to control : to experience convulsions
: to affect (someone or something) suddenly and violently
CONVULSE Defined for Kids
Definition of convulse for Students
: to shake violently or with jerky motions I convulsed with laughter.
Medical Definition of convulse
transitive verb: to shake or agitate violently; especially : to shake or cause to shake with or as if with irregular spasms was convulsed with pain
intransitive verb: to become affected with convulsions some children will inevitably convulse when fever reaches a high point—H. R. Litchfield & L. H. Dembo
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