verb (-nized; -nizing) Date: 1802 transitive verb 1. a. to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically <
galvanize a muscle
b. to stimulate or excite as if by an electric shock <
an issue that would galvanize public opinion
2. to coat (iron or steel) with zinc; especially to immerse in molten zinc to produce a coating of zinc-iron alloy intransitive verb to react as if stimulated by an electric shock <
they galvanized into action
galvanization noungalvanizer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Galvanize — Gal va*nize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Galvanized}; p pr. & vb. n. {Galvanizing}.] [Cf. F. galvaniser.] 1. To affect with galvanism; to subject to the action of electrical currents. [1913 Webster] 2. To plate, as with gold, silver, etc., by means of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Galvanize — Galvanize. См. Оцинковывание. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • galvanize — I verb animate, arouse, astonish, astound, confound, dumbfound, electrify, enkindle, excite, fluster, foment, impress, infuse new life into, inspire, inspirit, overwhelm, petrify, put about, quicken, shock, spur on, stagger, startle, stimulate,… …   Law dictionary

  • galvanize — (v.) 1802, from Fr. galvaniser, from galvanisme (see GALVANISM (Cf. 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • galvanize — (Amer.) gal·va·nize || gælvÉ™naɪz v. coat metal with a thin layer of zinc; application of an electric current (to a nerve, person, etc.); stimulate (also galvanise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • galvanize — excite, stimulate, *provoke, quicken, pique Analogous words: rouse, arouse, rally, *stir, awaken, waken: electrify, *thrill, enthuse: kindle, fire (see LIGHT vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • galvanize — [v] inspire, stimulate animate, arouse, astonish, awaken, commove, electrify, energize, excite, fire*, frighten, innervate, invigorate, jolt, motivate, move, pique, prime, provoke, quicken, shock, spur, startle, stir, stun, thrill, vitalize, wake …   New thesaurus

  • galvanize — (also galvanise) ► VERB 1) shock or excite into action. 2) (galvanized) (of iron or steel) coated with a protective layer of zinc. DERIVATIVES galvanization noun galvanizer noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «stimulate by elect …   English terms dictionary

  • galvanize — [gal′və nīz΄] vt. galvanized, galvanizing [Fr galvaniser < galvanisme: see GALVANISM] 1. to apply an electric current to 2. to stimulate as if by electric shock; rouse; stir; spur 3. to plate (metal) with zinc, originally by galvanic action… …   English World dictionary

  • galvanize — v. (d; tr.) to galvanize into (to galvanize smb. into action) * * * [ gælvənaɪz] (d; tr.) to galvanize into (to galvanize smb. into action) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • galvanize — [19] The verb galvanize commemorates the work of Italian physicist Luigi Galvani (1737–98), who in 1762 discovered voltaic electricity by attaching the legs of dead frogs to pairs of different metals. It was first used literally, for the… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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