verb (used with object), gal·va·nized, gal·va·niz·ing.
- galvanic pile,
- galvanic skin response,
- galvanized iron,
Origin of galvanize
Examples from the Web for galvanise
Those who have clung so hard to their bodies, must galvanise them again with rheumatism and senility and mortgage-ridden minds.The Hive|Will Levington Comfort
A Mr. Gilmore purchased it, and endeavoured to galvanise it into life.Memoirs|Charles Godfrey Leland
Some are seeking to galvanise religious life by recurrence to evangelistic methods successfully operative half a century ago.Edward Caldwell Moore|Edward Moore
The conferences were quite businesslike, and Admiral Koltchak's presence seemed to galvanise the whole army into life and energy.With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia|John Ward
There was not a living fibre in it, and my task was to try to galvanise the corpse.Success (Second Edition)|Max Aitken Beaverbrook
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.