3. [syn: convulse, thresh, thresh about, thrash, thrash about, slash, toss, jactitate]
4. shake uncontrollably;
- Example: "earthquakes convulsed the countryside"
5. cause to contract;
- Example: "The spasm convulses her facial muscles"
6. contract involuntarily, as in a spasm;
- Example: "The muscles in her face convulsed"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
Syn: To agitate; disturb; shake; tear; rend.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: make someone convulse with laughter; "The comedian
convulsed the crowd"
2: be overcome with laughter
3: move or stir about violently; "The feverish patient thrashed
around in his bed" [syn: convulse, thresh, thresh
about, thrash, thrash about, slash, toss,
4: shake uncontrollably; "earthquakes convulsed the countryside"
5: cause to contract; "The spasm convulses her facial muscles"
6: contract involuntarily, as in a spasm; "The muscles in her
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
119 Moby Thesaurus words for "convulse":
afflict, agitate, agonize, ail, amuse, beat, beat up, beguile,
bite, bloody, bug, burn, chafe, churn, churn up, claw, concuss,
crucify, cut, delight, disarrange, discompose, disquiet, distract,
distress, disturb, divert, embroil, enliven, entertain, excite,
excruciate, exhilarate, ferment, fester, flurry, fracture one,
fret, gall, give pain, gnaw, grate, grind, gripe, harrow, hurt,
impale, inflame, inflict pain, irritate, kill, kill by inches,
knock dead, lacerate, lancinate, loosen up, macerate, martyr,
martyrize, nip, paddle, pain, perturb, perturbate, pierce, pinch,
prick, prolong the agony, psych, punish, put to torture, rack,
raise a laugh, raise a smile, rankle, rasp, recreate, refresh,
regale, relax, rile, rip, ripple, rock, roil, roughen, rub, ruffle,
rumple, savage, scarify, shake, shake up, slay, solace, spook,
stab, sting, stir, stir up, swirl, throw, throw into confusion,
tickle, titillate, torment, torture, trouble, tweak, twist,
unsettle, upset, whip, whip up, whisk, work up, wound, wow,