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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. [1913 Webster] With emotions which checked his voice and convulsed his powerful frame. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To agitate greatly; to shake violently. [1913 Webster] The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations. --Macaulay. Syn: To agitate; disturb; shake; tear; rend. [1913 Webster]