What does the word convulse mean?

Usage examples for convulse

  1. The tale of Oates, though it had sufficed to convulse the whole realm, would not, unless confirmed by other evidence, suffice to destroy the humblest of those whom he had accused. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  2. Having uttered this, it struck her that it was of a kind to convulse Mrs. Lupin, for whose seizures she could never accurately account; and looking round, she perceived, sure enough, that little forlorn body agitated, with a handkerchief to her mouth. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. At a funeral, the slightest thing, not in the least ridiculous at any other time, will convulse us with internal laughter. – A Christmas Garland by Max Beerbohm