First recorded in 1575–85, convulsion is from the Latin word convulsiōn- (stem of convulsiō). See convulse, -ion (Source: dictionary.com)
Mid 16th century (originally in the sense ‘cramp, spasm’): from Latin convulsio(n-), from the verb convellere (see convulse). (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Convulsions
contortion of the body caused by violent, involuntary muscular contractions of the extremities, trunk, and head.
violent agitation or disturbance; commotion.
an outburst of great, uncontrollable laughter.
a violent involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles
a violent upheaval, disturbance, or agitation, esp a social one
(usually plural) informal uncontrollable laughterI was in convulsions
An intense, paroxysmal, involuntary muscular contraction or a series of such contractions.seizure
A sudden, violent, irregular movement of the body, caused by involuntary contraction of muscles and associated especially with brain disorders such as epilepsy, the presence of certain toxins or other agents in the blood, or fever in children.
A violent social or political upheaval.
: an abnormal violent and involuntary contraction or series of contractions of the muscles
: seizure sense 2a
: a violent disturbance
: an uncontrolled fit : paroxysm
Example sentences for Convulsions
Knocked cold, Lakpa collapsed on the rocks, heaving in convulsions, Kodas wrote.
Symptoms may range from palpitations and severe sweating to paralysis, convulsions, and death.
It will suffer other upsets and reversals, and pass through other convulsions.
Only this time, the return fire had a rare twist, one that could produce Washington convulsions.
Others give rise to delirum with spectral illusions or convulsions.
This seems to have gratified the children, who soon after had convulsions in the presence of another victim, one Giles Corey.
One night when I was supping with her she was seized with convulsions which lasted all the night.
Besides, it cost me two ounces of peppermint to bring all those boys there out of their convulsions.
And how pleasant it was after the tempests and convulsions of art in these later days.