convulse

To convulse is to have spasms. Get help immediately if you see someone convulse. This medical condition can be brought on by something simple (like a rise in body temperature) or something more complicated, such as epilepsy.

In addition to being a symptom of a medical condition, to convulse is often applied to people shaking with laughter. So if you go to a club and see a hilarious comedian, you may convulse with laughter so hard that you might cry, or not be able to catch your breath, and your sides hurt.

Primary Meanings of convulse

1.
v
move or stir about violently
2.
v
cause to contract
3.
v
be overcome with laughter
Full Definitions of convulse
1

v move or stir about violently

Synonyms:
jactitate, slash, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss
Types:
whip
thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash
Type of:
agitate, shake
move or cause to move back and forth

v shake uncontrollably

“earthquakes convulsed the countryside”
Type of:
agitate, shake
move or cause to move back and forth
2

v cause to contract

“The spasm convulses her facial muscles”
Type of:
compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
squeeze or press together

v contract involuntarily, as in a spasm

“The muscles in her face convulsed
Type of:
compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
squeeze or press together
3

v be overcome with laughter

Type of:
express joy, express mirth, laugh
produce laughter

v make someone convulse with laughter

“The comedian convulsed the crowd”
Type of:
amuse
make (somebody) laugh

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