Origin of galvanize
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Examples from the Web for galvanize
The book is a manifesto—a single-handed attempt to galvanize the world to take to the streets.Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ Will Change Nothing
November 17, 2014
Do you think the film will galvanize enough interest to re-open the search for Yaser?The Dishonor of Honor Killings
October 20, 2014
The current firestorm should galvanize critics of education reform, but not in the way they think.De Blasio Misread His Mandate, Now Some of His Own Supporters are Fighting Back Over Charter School Cuts
Conor P. Williams
March 11, 2014
But in this bitter race, the saga surely helped Schweikert galvanize his base, which will be critical to winning the primary.Ben Quayle’s Election Fight Gets Ugly
Terry Greene Sterling
August 26, 2012
So I would not doubt that yesterday's decision will galvanize conservative voters.Seven More Thoughts on the Decision
June 29, 2012
Madame Rachel can only galvanize the corpse, not revivify it.The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh
William Makepeace Thackeray
The touch of his hands and lips seemed to galvanize her into life.The Bride of the Tomb and Queenie's Terrible Secret
Mrs. Alexander McVeigh Miller
Love is the only impulse which could galvanize him into life.
And, for Kings Port, navy yards do not galvanize dead trade.Lady Baltimore
His Polonaises, characterized by an energetic rhythm, galvanize and electrify the torpor of indifference.Life of Chopin
- 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 galvanize
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.