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[gal-vuh-nahyz] /ˈgæl vəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), galvanized, galvanizing.
to stimulate by or as if by a galvanic current.
Medicine/Medical. to stimulate or treat (muscles or nerves) with induced direct current (distinguished from faradize).
to startle into sudden activity; stimulate.
to coat (metal, especially iron or steel) with zinc.
Also, especially British, galvanise.
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
3. rouse, stir, electrify, fire, spur, animate. Unabridged
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  • Older homes, however, may have a network of galvanized steel pipes.
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  • But the close call has galvanized efforts among scientists to predict and hopefully prevent a potentially apocalyptic impact.
  • It was really a sad situation and it galvanized the local community.
  • galvanized steel walls would be a particularly sleek option, to be used with magnets instead of thumbtacks.
  • He's galvanized the disabled individuals of his country.
  • galvanized is possible but will be degraded from the placement of rock and movement.
  • It is attached with two galvanized steel shackles to an eye at the tip of the anchor shank.
  • Two strands of two millimeter galvanized wire, the top one indicated by the insulators on every tree, was the hot one.
British Dictionary definitions for galvanized


verb (transitive)
to stimulate to action; excite; startle
to cover (iron, steel, etc) with a protective zinc coating by dipping into molten zinc or by electrodeposition
to stimulate by application of an electric current
(Caribbean) galvanized iron, usually in the form of corrugated sheets as used in roofing
Derived Forms
galvanization, galvanisation, noun
galvanizer, galvaniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for galvanized



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.

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