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Meaning of CONVULSE

Pronunciation:  kun'vuls

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  be overcome with laughter
  2. [v]  make someone convulse with laughter; "The comedian convulsed the crowd"
  3. [v]  of muscles
  4. [v]  cause to contract, as of muscles
  5. [v]  move or stir about violently; "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed"

CONVULSE is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: jactitate, slash, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss
 See Also: agitate, amuse, compact, compress, constrict, contract, convulse, express joy, express mirth, laugh, press, shake, squeeze, whip



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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