• WordNet 3.6
    • v galvanize stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock
    • v galvanize cover with zinc "galvanize steel"
    • v galvanize to stimulate to action "..startled him awake","galvanized into action"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Galvanize To affect with galvanism; to subject to the action of electrical currents.
    • Galvanize To coat, as iron, with zinc. See Galvanized iron.
    • Galvanize To plate, as with gold, silver, etc., by means of electricity.
    • Galvanize 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • galvanize To subject to the action of an electric or galvanic current, as in medicine. The word is especially used of the act of restoring to consciousness by electrical action, as from a state of suspended animation; or of electrical restoration to a semblance of life, as a corpse or a severed part of the body.
    • galvanize Hence To confer a fictitious vitality upon; give a mechanical semblance of life or vitality to.
    • galvanize To plate, as with gold, silver, or other metal, by means of galvanic electricity; electroplate. Also spelled galvanise.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. galvaniser,


In literature:

Articles in Light Metal Work, Fine Castings in Brass, Malleable Iron, &c., Japanning, Tinning, Galvanizing.
"Scientific American, Volume XXXVI., No. 8, February 24, 1877" by Various
We entered, after the theatre, and galvanized the Rooms into a kind of dreadful life.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
The young fellow sitting on the box instantly became galvanized into action.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The Christian names of the couple acted like a galvanic battery on Curtis.
"One Wonderful Night" by Louis Tracy
It is usually made of galvanized iron, and consists of two cones joined together at the base.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
There had been no invasion of English soil such as had galvanized France into a united endeavour to repel the invader.
"On the Fringe of the Great Fight" by George G. Nasmith
The galvanic as well as the faradaic current is to be used under proper circumstances.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Kwaiba was as galvanized.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Galvanized at times to go?
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4" by Lord Byron
Lieutenant Wingate was instantly galvanized into alertness.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods" by Jessie Graham Flower

In poetry:

Holy wine is good indeed--
But they concoct fireweed
Into galvanizing action
With exceeding satisfaction.
"Tonopah And Clergy " by Norman MacLeod
Was he born of woman, this alleged De Sauty?
Or a living product of galvanic action,
Like the acarus bred in Crosse's flint-solution?
Speak, thou Cyano-Rhinal!
"De Sauty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
When the charge galvanic tingled through the cable,
At the polar focus of the wire electric
Suddenly appeared a white-faced man among us
Called himself "DE SAUTY."
"De Sauty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Born of stream galvanic, with it he had perished!
There is no De Sauty now there is no current!
Give us a new cable, then again we'll hear him
Cry, "All right! DE SAUTY."
"De Sauty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
My hand draws back. I often sign still
for the dark downward and vegetating kingdom
of the fish and reptile. One morning last March,
I pressed against the new barbed and galvanized
"For the Union Dead" by Robert Lowell

In news:

The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson,' by William Souder is a ' poignant, galvanizing , meaningful tribute'.
Opposition to budget bill galvanizing .
The merger agreement provides for a wholly owned subsidiary of AZZ to acquire North American Galvanizing & Coatings in a two-step transaction.
North American Galvanizing & Coatings, Inc Agrees to Merge with AZZ, Inc.
AAA Galvanizing will open a plant in Winsted to be ready for business January 2008.
The author explains why, and puts forth a new political agenda that just might galvanize his generation.
No war before or since has galvanized a youth culture like the Vietnam conflict did.
Designed to display hair products, a builtin unit combines galvanized steel and acrylic.
LAS CRUCES — Las Cruces Police charged Sergio Galvan, 18, with negligent arson in connection with a fire at an abandoned house.
Seasoned meaning heated to burn off any excess galvanize.
"The Malice of Fortune" is woven into a galvanizing era, the Italian Renaissance, where intrigue, politics and science are in full flower.
Guest 2433-P Galvanic Isolator .
Krebs ' Eagle Hill Disc Golf Club has raised enough money to install new baskets made of galvanized steel for all nine holes on its current course.
I have nothing profound to say about the horrible tragedy this morning in Kansas City that has galvanized the NFL world, other to say I have the same feeling you probably have -- utter sadness.
The island nation was galvanized by a news report this year on the war bride , and the sister of a former prime minister joins in the search.

In science:

Ann Phys Chem 72:497–508. [English translation by O’Toole JB: Kirchhoff G (1958) On the Solution of the Equations Obtained from the Investigation of the Linear Distribution of Galvanic Currents.
Fractal and Multifractal Scaling of Electrical Conduction in Random Resistor Networks
UBM is a post-processing galvanic application of a sandwich of metals to make the aluminium bump-bonding pads solderable.
Prototype ATLAS IBL Modules using the FE-I4A Front-End Readout Chip
Sensitivity of trunk variability and stability measures to balance impairments induced by galvanic vestibular stimulation during gait.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
Hum Mov Sci. Dec 2010;29(6):977-986. Sloot LH, van Schooten KS, Bruijn SM, Kingma H, Pijnappels M, van Dieen JH. Sensitivity of local dynamic stability of over-ground walking to balance impairment due to galvanic vestibular stimulation.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
This effect is called the spin-galvanic effect7 .
Magneto-gyrotropic effects in semiconductor quantum wells (review)