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convulse


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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;  to  shake  with  irregular  spasms, 
  as  in  excessive  laughter,  or  in  agony  from  grief  or  pain. 
 
  With  emotions  which  checked  his  voice  and  convulsed 
  his  powerful  frame.  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  To  agitate  greatly;  to  shake  violently. 
 
  The  world  is  convulsed  by  the  agonies  of  great 
  nations.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Syn:  To  agitate;  disturb;  shake;  tear;  rend. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  convulse 
  v  1:  make  someone  convulse  with  laughter;  "The  comedian  convulsed 
  the  crowd" 
  2:  be  overcome  with  laughter 
  3:  beat  about  [syn:  {thresh},  {thresh  about},  {thrash},  {thrash 
  about},  {slash},  {toss}] 
  4:  cause  to  contract,  as  of  muscles 
  5:  of  muscles 




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