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
The world is convulsed by the agonies of
Syn. -- To agitate; disturb; shake; tear; rend.