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galvanic

[gal-van-ik]
adjective
  1. pertaining to or produced by galvanism; producing or caused by an electric current.
  2. affecting or affected as if by galvanism; startling; shocking: the galvanic effect of his speech.
  3. stimulating; energizing: Her galvanic presence brought the party to life.
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Origin of galvanic

1790–1800; < French galvanique, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ic
Related formsgal·van·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for galvanically

Historical Examples of galvanically

  • 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

galvanic

galvanical

adjective
  1. Also: voltaic of, producing, or concerned with an electric current, esp a direct current produced chemicallya galvanic cell
  2. informal resembling the effect of an electric shock; convulsive, startling, or energeticgalvanic reflexes
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Derived Formsgalvanically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for galvanically

galvanic

adj.

1797; see galvanism + -ic.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

galvanically in Science

galvanic

[găl-vănĭk]
  1. 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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