convulse

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verb con·vulse \kən-ˈvəls\

Definition of convulse

convulsed

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convulsing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to shake or agitate violently; especially :  to shake with or as if with irregular spasms was convulsed with laughter

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become affected with convulsions

Examples of convulse in a Sentence

  1. The patient reacted to the medication and began convulsing.

  2. The country was convulsed by war.

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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

shake, agitate, rock, convulse mean to move up and down or to and fro with some violence. shake often carries a further implication of a particular purpose. shake well before using agitate suggests a violent and prolonged tossing or stirring. an ocean agitated by storms rock suggests a swinging or swaying motion resulting from violent impact or upheaval. the whole city was rocked by the explosion convulse suggests a violent pulling or wrenching as of a body in a paroxysm. spectators were convulsed with laughter

CONVULSE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

convulse

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verb con·vulse \kən-ˈvəls\

Definition of convulse for Students

convulsed

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convulsing

  1. :  to shake violently or with jerky motions I convulsed with laughter.


Medical Dictionary

convulse

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verb con·vulse \kən-ˈvəls\

Medical Definition of convulse

convulsed

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convulsing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to shake or agitate violently; especially :  to shake or cause to shake with or as if with irregular spasms was convulsed with pain

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  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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