Definitions for galvanizeˈgæl vəˌnaɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gal•va•nizeˈgæl vəˌnaɪz(v.t.)-nized, -niz•ing.

  1. to stimulate by an electric current:

    to galvanize muscles or nerves.

  2. to stimulate; stir; startle into sudden activity:

    to galvanize the public into action.

  3. to coat (metal, esp. iron or steel) with zinc.

    Category: Metallurgy

Origin of galvanize:

1795–1805; < F galvaniser


Princeton's WordNet

  1. startle, galvanize, galvanise(verb)

    to stimulate to action

    "..startled him awake"; "galvanized into action"

  2. galvanize, galvanise(verb)

    cover with zinc

    "galvanize steel"

  3. galvanize, galvanise(verb)

    stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock


  1. galvanize(Verb)

    To coat with a thin layer of metal by electrochemical means; to electroplate.

  2. galvanize(Verb)

    To coat with rust-resistant zinc

  3. galvanize(Verb)

    To shock or stimulate into sudden activity

  4. Origin: . Galvani was the discoverer of the process.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Galvanize(verb)

    to affect with galvanism; to subject to the action of electrical currents

  2. Galvanize(verb)

    to plate, as with gold, silver, etc., by means of electricity

  3. Galvanize(verb)

    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

  4. Galvanize(verb)

    to coat, as iron, with zinc. See Galvanized iron


  1. Galvanize

    "Galvanize" is a song by British electronic duo The Chemical Brothers and the first single released from their 2005 album Push the Button. It was released a week before the album's release and peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart. The track features a distinct Moroccan Chaabi string sample from Najat Aatabou's song "Just Tell Me the Truth". The main hook of the song is in an unusual 6/4 time signature. The track also features rapping by Q-Tip. In part of the song, a sample from their early single "Leave Home" plays. It was the highest charting single in their native United Kingdom by The Chemical Brothers since "Hey Boy Hey Girl", which had also reached No. 3 in 1999. In Spain, it reached No. 1 and it held the top spot for two weeks. In Australia, the song was ranked No. 65 on triple j's Hottest 100 of 2004. It won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in February 2006. That same month, an Anheuser-Busch television commercial for Budweiser Select featured "Galvanize". The song also started appearing in NBC's Sunday Night Football coverage in 2008. "Galvanise" was used as walk-on music by darts player Kevin Painter, and is currently used heavily during live T20 Cricket, specifically when a video review is taking place. Most recently it was used to start the entrance of the athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and in Need for Speed: Most Wanted.


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