convulse

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See also: convulsé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin convulsus, past participle of convellere (to pluck up, dislocate, convulse), from com- (together) + vellere (to pluck, pull)

For spelling, the -e (on -lse) is so the end is pronounced /ls/, rather than /lz/ as in gulls, and does not change the vowel (‘u’). Compare else, false, pulse.

Verb[edit]

convulse (third-person singular simple present convulses, present participle convulsing, simple past and past participle convulsed)

  1. (transitive) To violently shake or agitate.
  2. (transitive) To create great laughter.
  3. (intransitive) To suffer violent involuntary contraction of the muscles, producing contortions of the body or limbs.

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

convulse

  1. feminine plural of convulso

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

convulse

  1. vocative masculine singular of convulsus

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

convulse

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of convulsar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of convulsar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of convulsar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of convulsar