from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To stimulate or shock with an electric current.
- transitive v. To arouse to awareness or action; spur: "Issues that once galvanized the electorate fade into irrelevance” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
- transitive v. To coat (iron or steel) with rust-resistant zinc.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To coat with a thin layer of metal by electrochemical means; to electroplate.
- v. To coat with rust-resistant zinc
- v. To shock or stimulate into sudden activity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To affect with galvanism; to subject to the action of electrical currents.
- transitive v. To plate, as with gold, silver, etc., by means of electricity.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To coat, as iron, with zinc. See Galvanized iron.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To subject to the action of an electric or galvanic current, as in medicine.
- Hence To confer a fictitious vitality upon; give a mechanical semblance of life or vitality to.
- To plate, as with gold, silver, or other metal, by means of galvanic electricity; electroplate. Also spelled galvanise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cover with zinc
- v. to stimulate to action
- v. stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock
Galvani + -ize. Galvani was the discoverer of the process. (Wiktionary)