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galvanic

[gal-van-ik] /gælˈvæn ɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or produced by galvanism; producing or caused by an electric current.
2.
affecting or affected as if by galvanism; startling; shocking:
the galvanic effect of his speech.
3.
stimulating; energizing:
Her galvanic presence brought the party to life.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French galvanique, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ic
Related forms
galvanically, adverb
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Examples for galvanic
  • Every great cause has its galvanic moment, when the world finally takes notice.
  • Its effect on art students is likely to be galvanic.
British Dictionary definitions for galvanic

galvanic

/ɡælˈvænɪk/
adjective
1.
Also voltaic. of, producing, or concerned with an electric current, esp a direct current produced chemically a galvanic cell
2.
(informal) resembling the effect of an electric shock; convulsive, startling, or energetic galvanic reflexes
Derived Forms
galvanically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for galvanic
adj.

1797; see galvanism + -ic.

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galvanic in Science
galvanic
  (gāl-vān'ĭk)   
Relating to electricity generated by a chemical reaction. A galvanic cell is an electric cell, such as found in household and car batteries, that makes use of galvanic reactions to act as a power source. See Note at battery.
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