follow Dictionary.com

Is irregardless a word?

convulse

[kuh n-vuhls] /kənˈvʌls/
verb (used with object), convulsed, convulsing.
1.
to shake violently; agitate.
2.
to cause to shake violently with laughter, anger, pain, etc.
3.
to cause to suffer violent, spasmodic contractions of the muscles.
Origin of convulse
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin convulsus past participle of convellere to shatter, tear loose, equivalent to con- con- + vul- (variant stem of vellere to pull, tear) + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
convulsedly, adverb
convulsible, adjective
convulsibility, noun
unconvulsed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for convulsed
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The downfall of Louis Philippe in 1848 at once convulsed the whole of central Europe.

  • For an instant her face was convulsed with a fairly demoniac fury.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Out of her eyes I could see the tears slowly welling, and her tall slim figure was convulsed with sobs.

    Mr. Marx's Secret E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It gave Silvine a shock, so violent that it convulsed her in every fiber of her being.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Then she caught up a corner of her homely check apron, and hiding her convulsed face in its folds, she burst into bitter weeping.

    A Dreadful Temptation Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
British Dictionary definitions for convulsed

convulse

/kənˈvʌls/
verb
1.
(transitive) to shake or agitate violently
2.
(transitive) to cause (muscles) to undergo violent spasms or contractions
3.
(informal) (intransitive) often foll by with. to shake or be overcome (with violent emotion, esp laughter)
4.
(transitive) to disrupt the normal running of (a country, etc): student riots have convulsed India
Derived Forms
convulsive, adjective
convulsively, adverb
convulsiveness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin convulsus, from convellere to tear up, from vellere to pluck, pull
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for convulsed

convulse

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
convulsed in Medicine

convulse con·vulse (kən-vŭls')
v. con·vulsed, con·vuls·ing, con·vuls·es
To affect with irregular and involuntary muscular contractions; throw into convulsions.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for convulse

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for convulsed

15
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for convulsed