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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


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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