verb (used with object), con·vulsed, con·vuls·ing.
- convulsive disorder,
Origin of convulse
Examples from the Web for convulse
Lockett began to convulse violently, his head and chest rising up off the gurney multiple times as he called out, “Oh, man.”Lethal Injection Leads to the Most Botched Executions|Austin Sarat, Robert Henry Weaver, Heather Richard|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A year later, it happened again, causing the emergency medical system to convulse into action once more.New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases|Daniela Drake|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She did not start, but raised her head and looked at him, and a shudder seemed to convulse her whole frame.Wild Margaret|Geraldine Fleming
Big Tim looked at the other man and his paunch shook with the merriment that appeared to convulse him.The Vision Spendid|William MacLeod Raine
Yet this would appear superfluous, since by his glances alone he could convulse nature and cause instant death.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume III|Henry Charles Lea
Their seemingly unconscious humor is so deliciously absurd that it will convulse the reader with laughter in nearly every line.Found in the Philippines|Charles King
Incidents that would not provoke a smile individually, convulse them collectively.Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals|William H. Armstrong
Word Origin for convulse
1640s, transitive; 1680s, intransitive; from Latin convulsus, past participle of convellere (transitive only) "to pull away, to pull this way and that, wrench," hence "to weaken, overthrow, destroy" (see convulsion). Related: Convulsed (1630s); convulsing.