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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.
Origin of galvanize
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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Examples from the web for galvanizing
  • The whole point of galvanizing is to create a surface that resists corrosion and weathering.
  • Steel rusts so it needs to be protected with good paint of galvanizing.
  • But at twenty-one, as at eleven, he is galvanizing above all because of his naturalness.
  • He is also the one coherent, galvanizing, and viable figure among them.
  • The display of systemic cruelty is not chilling but galvanizing.
  • But the show of disdain had the opposite effect, galvanizing a furious populace to take to the streets.
  • The loss of these friends was a galvanizing event in my adolescence.
  • Gloom and doom talk can be useful in galvanizing reform, but it can also feed on itself and obstruct new ideas.
  • If there is one single, galvanizing human trait common to all of us, it is the desire to create a better world for our children.
  • He bewitched them with the intoxicating brew of a championship pedigree and a galvanizing personality.
British Dictionary definitions for galvanizing


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 galvanizing



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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galvanizing in Culture

galvanizing definition

Placement of a thin coat of a metal, such as zinc, over iron or steel to protect the latter from rust. Galvanized metals typically appear shiny.

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