convulse

  • 1 convulsé — convulsé, ée [ kɔ̃vylse ] adj. • 1578; lat. méd. convulsus, de convellere « arracher » ♦ Contracté par des convulsions. « Je retrouve Philippe [...] le visage convulsé, secoué » (A. Gide). Être convulsé de douleur, par la douleur. ⇒CONVULSÉ, ÉE,… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 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;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 convulse — index agitate (shake up), beat (pulsate), churn, discompose, harass Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 convulsé — convulsé, ée (kon vul sé, sée) part. passé. Terme de médecine. Contracté par des convulsions, en parlant des muscles …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 5 convulse — (v.) 1640s, transitive; 1680s, intransitive; from L. convulsus, pp. of convellere (trans. only) to pull away, to pull this way and that, wrench, hence to weaken, overthrow, destroy (see CONVULSION (Cf. convulsion)). Related: Convulsed (1630s);… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 convulse — rock, *shake, agitate Analogous words: *discompose, disturb, disquiet, perturb …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 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… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 convulse — [kən vuls′] vt. convulsed, convulsing [< L convulsus, pp. of convellere, to tear loose < com , together + vellere, to pluck: see REVULSION] 1. to shake or disturb violently; agitate 2. to cause convulsions, or spasms, in 3. to cause to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 convulse — UK [kənˈvʌls] / US verb Word forms convulse : present tense I/you/we/they convulse he/she/it convulses present participle convulsing past tense convulsed past participle convulsed 1) a) [transitive, usually passive] if you are convulsed with a… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 convulse — verb (convulsed; convulsing) Etymology: Latin convulsus, past participle of convellere to pluck up, convulse, from com + vellere to pluck more at vulnerable Date: 1614 transitive verb to shake or agitate violently; especially to shake with or as… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 CONVULSÉ, ÉE — adj. T. de Médecine Qui est atteint de convulsions. Membres, muscles convulsés. Par extension, Visage convulsé …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 12 convulse — con·vulse kən vəls vb, con·vulsed; con·vuls·ing vt to shake or agitate violently esp to shake or cause to shake with or as if with irregular spasms <was convulsed with pain> vi to become affected with convulsions <some children will… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 13 convulse — verb Convulse is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑body …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 convulse — verb 1 (I) if a part of your body convulses, it moves violently and you are not able to control it: He sat down, his shoulders convulsing with sobs. 2 (I) if you convulse, your body shakes violently and you are not able to control it, especially… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 CONVULSÉ — ÉE. adj. T. de Médec. Il se dit Des membres ou des muscles qui sont attaqués de convulsions. Membres, muscles convulsés …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 16 convulse — convulsedly, adv. convulsible, adj. convulsibility, n. /keuhn vuls /, v.t., 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… …

    Universalium

  • 17 convulse — verb a) To violently shake or agitate. b) To create great laughter. See Also: convulsion, convulsive, convulsant …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 convulse — Synonyms and related words: 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,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 convulse — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. agitate, shake, disturb, trouble, excite, stir; rend, wring, hurt. See agitation, pain, revolution, violence. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. disturb, agitate, shake, shake up, unsettle, rock, stir,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 convulse — con|vulse [kənˈvʌls] v [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of convellere to pull violently , from com ( COM ) + vellere to pull out ] 1.) [I] if your body or a part of it convulses, it moves violently and you are not able to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English