[ gal-vuh-nahyz ]
/ ˈgæl vəˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), gal·va·nized, gal·va·niz·ing.

to stimulate by or as if by a galvanic current.
Medicine/Medical. to stimulate or treat (muscles or nerves) with induced direct current (distinguished from faradize).
to startle into sudden activity; stimulate.
to coat (metal, especially iron or steel) with zinc.

Nearby words

  1. galvanic pile,
  2. galvanic skin response,
  3. galvanise,
  4. galvanism,
  5. galvanization,
  6. galvanized,
  7. galvanized iron,
  8. galvanizing,
  9. galvano-,
  10. galvanocautery

Also especially British, gal·va·nise.

Origin of galvanize

1795–1805; < French galvaniser, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ize

SYNONYMS FOR galvanize
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British Dictionary definitions for galvanise



/ (ˈɡælvəˌnaɪz) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsgalvanization or galvanisation, noungalvanizer or galvaniser, noun

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Word Origin and History for galvanise
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