Origin of galvanize
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Examples from the Web for galvanised
Every one jumps up, as if galvanised, at the first note of the rveille.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
But through it all, she was quite aware that she had not galvanised him as yet.Is He Popenjoy?
As if galvanised into life, the old man turned gratefully to her.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
This galvanised bucket we were using was, I took it, a temporary makeshift.They and I
Jerome K. Jerome
Like a galvanised man he sprang on his legs and stood erect.Under the Waves
R M Ballantyne
- to stimulate to action; excite; startle
- to cover (iron, steel, etc) with a protective zinc coating by dipping into molten zinc or by electrodeposition
- to stimulate by application of an electric current
- Caribbean galvanized iron, usually in the form of corrugated sheets as used in roofing
Word Origin and History for galvanised
1802, from French galvaniser, from galvanisme (see 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 iron with tin, but now typically to plate it with zinc) is from 1839.
He'll swear that in her dancing she cuts all others out,
Though like a Gal that's galvanized, she throws her legs about.
[Thomas Hood, "Love has not Eyes," 1845]
Related: Galvanized; galvanizing.