Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb convulse

6 senses of convulse

Sense 1
convulse -- (make someone convulse with laughter; "The comedian convulsed the crowd")
       => amuse -- (make (somebody) laugh; "The clown amused the children")

Sense 2
convulse -- (be overcome with laughter)
       => laugh, express joy, express mirth -- (produce laughter)

Sense 3
convulse, thresh, thresh about, thrash, thrash about, slash, toss, jactitate -- (move or stir about violently; "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed")
       => shake, agitate -- (move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking")

Sense 4
convulse -- (shake uncontrollably; "earthquakes convulsed the countryside")
       => shake, agitate -- (move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking")

Sense 5
convulse -- (cause to contract; "The spasm convulses her facial muscles")
       => compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press -- (squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle")

Sense 6
convulse -- (contract involuntarily, as in a spasm; "The muscles in her face convulsed")
       => compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press -- (squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle")

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