follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

galvanize

[gal-vuh-nahyz] /ˈgæl vəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), galvanized, galvanizing.
1.
to stimulate by or as if by a galvanic current.
2.
Medicine/Medical. to stimulate or treat (muscles or nerves) with induced direct current (distinguished from faradize).
3.
to startle into sudden activity; stimulate.
4.
to coat (metal, especially iron or steel) with zinc.
Also, especially British, galvanise.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < French galvaniser, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ize
Related forms
galvanization, noun
galvanizer, noun
nongalvanized, adjective
pregalvanize, verb (used with object), pregalvanized, pregalvanizing.
regalvanization, noun
regalvanize, verb (used with object), regalvanized, regalvanizing.
ungalvanized, adjective
Synonyms
3. rouse, stir, electrify, fire, spur, animate.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for galvanise
  • Bringing this phenomenon to light should hopefully galvanise people in the entertainment industry to give it due consideration.
  • Some claim a credo can help to galvanise an electorate bored by consensual centrism.
  • He pioneered the idea that ideas can help galvanise companies.
British Dictionary definitions for galvanise

galvanize

/ˈɡælvəˌnaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to stimulate to action; excite; startle
2.
to cover (iron, steel, etc) with a protective zinc coating by dipping into molten zinc or by electrodeposition
3.
to stimulate by application of an electric current
noun
4.
(Caribbean) galvanized iron, usually in the form of corrugated sheets as used in roofing
Derived Forms
galvanization, galvanisation, noun
galvanizer, galvaniser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for galvanise
v.

chiefly British English spelling of galvanize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Galvanised; galvanising.

galvanize

v.

1802, from French galvaniser, from galvanisme (see galvanism). Figurative sense of "excite, stimulate (as if by electricity)" first recorded 1853. Meaning "to coat with metal by means of galvanic electricity" (especially to plate iron with tin, but now typically to plate it with zinc) is from 1839.

He'll swear that in her dancing she cuts all others out,
Though like a Gal that's galvanized, she throws her legs about.
[Thomas Hood, "Love has not Eyes," 1845]
Related: Galvanized; galvanizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for galvanize

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for galvanise

0
17
Scrabble Words With Friends