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[gal-van-ik] /gælˈvæn ɪk/
pertaining to or produced by galvanism; producing or caused by an electric current.
affecting or affected as if by galvanism; startling; shocking:
the galvanic effect of his speech.
stimulating; energizing:
Her galvanic presence brought the party to life.
Origin of galvanic
1790-1800; < French galvanique, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ic
Related forms
galvanically, adverb Unabridged
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  • He was altogether a new man, agile to move, galvanically energized.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • Ordinarily that would not have mattered to me since I am innately keyed and pitched to expect the galvanically unexpected.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • Then his mouth opened, set, and galvanically he rose to his feet, while the room seemed to tip up.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for galvanically


Also voltaic. of, producing, or concerned with an electric current, esp a direct current produced chemically: a galvanic cell
(informal) resembling the effect of an electric shock; convulsive, startling, or energetic: galvanic reflexes
Derived Forms
galvanically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for galvanically



1797; see galvanism + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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galvanically in Science
Relating to electricity generated by a chemical reaction. A galvanic cell is an electric cell, such as found in household and car batteries, that makes use of galvanic reactions to act as a power source. See Note at battery.
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