• WordNet 3.6
    • v galvanise stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock
    • v galvanise cover with zinc "galvanize steel"
    • v galvanise to stimulate to action "..startled him awake","galvanized into action"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Galvanise to subject to the action of a galvanic current: to confer a false vitality upon
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Luigi Galvani, of Bologna, the discoverer (1737-98).


In literature:

A Mr. Gilmore purchased it, and endeavoured to galvanise it into life.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
As if galvanised into life, the old man turned gratefully to her.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Nothing like being out all night for galvanising the breakfast appetite.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
Like a galvanised man he sprang on his legs and stood erect.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
The cat vanished through the window like a black vision galvanised and made awfully real.
"Freaks on the Fells" by R.M. Ballantyne
He resembled, more a galvanised corpse than anything else!
"Picked up at Sea" by J.C. Hutcheson
For domestic use galvanised tanks are depended upon, being placed to catch the rainwater off the rooms of the homestead buildings.
"Wheat Growing in Australia" by Australia Department of External Affairs
It was formed by levelling a natural recess, and had a galvanised iron roof.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
How have you galvanised my six rag dolls into life like this?
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
It is to be a literary battery to galvanise Grey Town into energy.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin

In news:

Several events have galvanised the Clinton administration and the US Congress to re-embark on a civilian biodefence programme.
The conditions for a near death experience for the Euro are in place now, which in turn should finally galvanise a more serious policy reaction.