Con*vulse" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Convulsed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Convulsing.] [L. convulsus, p. p. of convellere to tear up, to shake; con- + vellere to pluck, pull.] 1. To contract violently and irregulary, as the muscular parts of an animal body; to shake with irregular spasms, as in excessive laughter, or in agony from grief or pain.

With emotions which checked his voice and convulsed his powerful frame.

2. To agitate greatly; to shake violently.

The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations.

Syn. -- To agitate; disturb; shake; tear; rend.