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.

Origin of galvanic

1790–1800; < French galvanique, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ic
Related formsgal·van·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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



  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
Derived Formsgalvanically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for galvanically



1797; see galvanism + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

galvanically in Science


  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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