convulse

[kuhn-vuhls]
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:
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

convulsedly, adverb
convulsible, adjective
convulsibility, noun
unconvulsed, adjective
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convulse (kənˈvʌls)
 
vb (often foll by with)
1.  (tr) to shake or agitate violently
2.  (tr) to cause (muscles) to undergo violent spasms or contractions
3.  informal to shake or be overcome (with violent emotion, esp laughter)
4.  (tr) to disrupt the normal running of (a country, etc): student riots have convulsed India
 
[C17: from Latin convulsus, from convellere to tear up, from vellere to pluck, pull]
 
con'vulsive
 
adj
 
con'vulsively
 
adv
 
con'vulsiveness
 
n

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convulse
1640s, trans.; 1680s, intrans.; from L. convuls-, pp. stem of convellere (trans. only) "to pull away, to pull this way and that, wrench," hence "to weaken, overthrow, destroy" (see convulsion). Related: Convulsed (1630s); convulsing (1829).
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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.

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It landed on the sidewalk, bounced about three feet, crashed back down and
  convulsed for a couple seconds.
Even as the private world has eclipsed public markets, finance has been
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They were then yanked back and the fastening was removed, all of which
  convulsed the choristers.
What started as a problem in subprime loans has now convulsed the entire
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