Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See galvanism.

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  • n. galvanism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That form of electricity which is developed by the chemical action between metals and different liquids; voltaic electricity; also, the science which treats of this form of electricity; -- called also galvanism, from Galvani, on account of his experiments showing the remarkable influence of this agent on animals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That branch of electrical science which discusses the production of an electric current by the chemical action between dissimilar metals immersed in a liquid.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

volta(ic) + -ism.

Examples

  • It rippled over and through him like an electrical voltaism, making his body rigid, stiffening what had seemed to be fat into muscle, tensing his hands until they knotted themselves slowly into fists.

    The Valley of Silent Men

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