Definitions for galvanizeˈgæl vəˌnaɪz
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gal•va•nizeˈgæl vəˌnaɪz(v.t.)-nized, -niz•ing.
to stimulate by an electric current:
to galvanize muscles or nerves.
to stimulate; stir; startle into sudden activity:
to galvanize the public into action.
to coat (metal, esp. iron or steel) with zinc.
Origin of galvanize:
1795–1805; < F galvaniser
startle, galvanize, galvanise(verb)
to stimulate to action
"..startled him awake"; "galvanized into action"
cover with zinc
stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock
To coat with a thin layer of metal by electrochemical means; to electroplate.
To coat with rust-resistant zinc
To shock or stimulate into sudden activity
Origin: . Galvani was the discoverer of the process.
to affect with galvanism; to subject to the action of electrical currents
to plate, as with gold, silver, etc., by means of electricity
to restore to consciousness by galvanic action (as from a state of suspended animation); hence, to stimulate or excite to a factitious animation or activity
to coat, as iron, with zinc. See Galvanized iron