convulse VERB 1) suffer convulsions. 2) (be convulsed) be caused by an emotion, laughter, or physical stimulus to make sudden, violent, uncontrollable movements.
DERIVATIVES convulsive adjective convulsively adverb.
ORIGIN Latin convellere 'pull violently, wrench' .

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  • Convulsive — Con*vul sive, a. [Cf. F. convulsif.] Producing, or attended with, convulsions or spasms; characterized by convulsions; convulsionary. [1913 Webster] An irregular, convulsive movement may be necessary to throw off an irregular, convulsive disease …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • convulsive — (adj.) 1610s, from Fr. convulsif, from M.L. *convulsivus, from convulsus, pp. of convellere (see CONVULSE (Cf. convulse) (v.)). Related: Convulsively …   Etymology dictionary

  • convulsive — spasmodic, *fitful Contrasted words: *steady, uniform, even, equable, constant …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • convulsive — [kən vul′siv] adj. 1. having the nature of a convulsion 2. having, producing, or marked by convulsions convulsively adv. convulsiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • convulsive — ● convulsif, convulsive adjectif (de convulsion) Qui est caractérisé, accompagné par des convulsions : Maladie, toux convulsive. Qui a le caractère brusque, violent, involontaire des convulsions : Des gestes convulsifs. ● convulsif, convulsive… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • convulsive — Relating to convulsions; marked by or producing convulsions. * * * con·vul·sive kən vəl siv adj 1) constituting or producing a convulsion <convulsive disorders> 2) caused by or affected with convulsions <convulsive motions> <a… …   Medical dictionary

  • convulsive — con|vul|sive [kənˈvʌlsıv] adj [usually before noun] a convulsive movement or action is sudden, violent, and impossible to control ▪ a convulsive sob >convulsively adv ▪ Con s body jerked convulsively …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • convulsive — [[t]kənvʌ̱lsɪv[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n A convulsive movement or action is sudden and cannot be controlled. [FORMAL] She thought she could never stop until convulsive sobs racked her even more. Derived words: convulsively ADV ADV with v His arms and… …   English dictionary

  • convulsive — adjective Date: 1615 1. a. constituting or producing a convulsion b. caused by or affected with convulsions 2. resembling a convulsion in being violent, sudden, frantic, or spasmodic < convulsive laughter > Synonyms: see fitful …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • convulsive — convulsively, adv. convulsiveness, n. /keuhn vul siv/, adj. 1. of the nature of or characterized by convulsions or spasms. 2. producing or accompanied by convulsion: convulsive rage. [1605 15; < L convulsivus. See CONVULSE, IVE] Syn. 1. spasmodic …   Universalium

  • convulsive — adj. Convulsive is used with these nouns: ↑fit …   Collocations dictionary

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