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CONVULSE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does convulse mean? 

CONVULSE (verb)
  The verb CONVULSE has 6 senses:

1. make someone convulse with laughter
2. be overcome with laughter
3. move or stir about violently
4. shake uncontrollably
5. cause to contract
6. contract involuntarily, as in a spasm

  Familiarity information: CONVULSE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONVULSE (verb)


Sense 1convulse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make someone convulse with laughter

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The comedian convulsed the crowd

Hypernyms (to "convulse" is one way to...):

amuse (make (somebody) laugh)

Cause:

convulse (be overcome with laughter)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 2convulse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be overcome with laughter

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Hypernyms (to "convulse" is one way to...):

express joy; express mirth; laugh (produce laughter)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3convulse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move or stir about violently

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

thresh about; thresh; thrash about; jactitate; thrash; convulse; toss; slash

Context example:

The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed

Hypernyms (to "convulse" is one way to...):

agitate; shake (move or cause to move back and forth)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "convulse"):

whip (thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 4convulse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shake uncontrollably

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

earthquakes convulsed the countryside

Hypernyms (to "convulse" is one way to...):

agitate; shake (move or cause to move back and forth)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 5convulse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to contract

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The spasm convulses her facial muscles

Hypernyms (to "convulse" is one way to...):

compact; compress; constrict; contract; press; squeeze (squeeze or press together)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 6convulse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contract involuntarily, as in a spasm

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The muscles in her face convulsed

Hypernyms (to "convulse" is one way to...):

compact; compress; constrict; contract; press; squeeze (squeeze or press together)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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