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English verb: convulse

1. convulse (communication) make someone convulse with laughter


SamplesThe comedian convulsed the crowd.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)amuse


Causeconvulse

2. convulse (body) be overcome with laughter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)express joy, express mirth, laugh

3. convulse (motion) move or stir about violently


SamplesThe feverish patient thrashed around in his bed.


Synonymsjactitate, slash, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)agitate, shake


Narrower (hyponym)whip

4. convulse (motion) shake uncontrollably


SamplesEarthquakes convulsed the countryside.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)agitate, shake

5. convulse (contact) cause to contract


SamplesThe spasm convulses her facial muscles.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze


Verb groupconvulse

6. convulse (contact) contract involuntarily, as in a spasm


SamplesThe muscles in her face convulsed.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze


Verb groupconvulse









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