- to shake violently; agitate.
- to cause to shake violently with laughter, anger, pain, etc.
- to cause to suffer violent, spasmodic contractions of the muscles.
Origin of convulse
Examples from the Web for convulsing
Contemporary Examples of convulsing
The haunting video shows apparent victims, including children, convulsing and foaming at the mouth.Six Chilling Moments from Charlie Rose’s Assad Interview (VIDEO)
September 9, 2013
I turned to look at the building that I had just run out of; it was convulsing uncontrollably.My Earthquake Experience in Tokyo
March 11, 2011
His girlfriend told CBS Sacramento that he was “convulsing, snorting, trying to breathe.”'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' Seizures & More Movies That Can Kill (VIDEO)
The Daily Beast Video
November 8, 2010
Historical Examples of convulsing
There was a blaze of fire, and a half a dozen Dusties slid to the ground, convulsing.Image of the Gods
Alan Edward Nourse
And while I was convulsing myself in vain, the train started!
In Glanville it was the mind governing and convulsing the body.Pelham, Complete
Then he would take the floor and soon would have them convulsing with merriment.Birth of a Reformation
So rigid was his self-control that he gave no other sign of the passion that was convulsing him.The Terms of Surrender
- (tr) to shake or agitate violently
- (tr) to cause (muscles) to undergo violent spasms or contractions
- (intr often foll by with) informal to shake or be overcome (with violent emotion, esp laughter)
- (tr) to disrupt the normal running of (a country, etc)student riots have convulsed India
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.
- To affect or be affected with irregular and involuntary muscular contractions; throw or be thrown into convulsions.