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
The isolation is hurting the small Gulf nation, which has repeatedly denied the charges, and has created a new source of tension in a region already convulsed by conflict.
Since late March, Venezuela has been convulsed with protests that have left 91 dead and 2,500 injured.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge to block an effort to subpoena records related to the autopsy of an inmate who lurched and convulsed 20 times during his execution.
Flight Ban The unprecedentedly harsh sanctioning of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies has created a new flashpoint in an energy-rich region already convulsed by turmoil.
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.
When no owner came forward, the two black female and one black male domestic shorthairs and one female lilac point Siamese kitten were transferred to a rescue group. Convulsing squirrel: Muirkirk Rd.
Some inmates executed with midazolam convulsed and gasped after receiving injections.
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — The last of four Arkansas executions over an eight-day period has prompted calls for investigations after the inmate lurched and convulsed while strapped to the gurney.
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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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