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  1. con·vulse
    IPA[kənˈvəls]
  2. verb

    • 1. (of a person) suffer violent involuntary contraction of the muscles, producing contortion of the body or limbs:

      she convulsed, collapsing to the floor with the pain
    • 2. (of an emotion, laughter, or physical stimulus) cause (someone) to make sudden, violent, uncontrollable movements:

      she rocked backward and forward, convulsed with helpless mirth Carlos was convulsed by a second bout of sneezing
    • 3. throw (a country) into violent social or political upheaval:

      a wave of mass strikes convulsed the Ruhr, Berlin, and central Germany
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: convulse, 3rd person present: convulses, gerund or present participle: convulsing, past tense: convulsed, past participle: convulsed

    • verb

      suffer violent involuntary contraction of the muscles, producing contortion of the body or limbs:

      (of an emotion, laughter, or physical stimulus) cause (someone) to make sudden, violent, uncontrollable movements:

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