to startle into sudden activity; stimulate.
to coat (metal, especially iron or steel) with zinc.
- Also especially British, gal·va·nise .
- gal·va·ni·za·tion, noun
- gal·va·niz·er, noun
- non·gal·va·nized, adjective
- pre·gal·va·nize, verb (used with object), pre·gal·va·nized, pre·gal·va·niz·ing.
- re·gal·va·ni·za·tion, noun
- re·gal·va·nize, verb (used with object), re·gal·va·nized, re·gal·va·niz·ing.
- un·gal·va·nized, adjective
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How to use galvanize in a sentence
To supply the demand for galvanised signalling and fencing cords, the machines must turn out 15,000 yards of strand per day.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
I noticed a large vessel of galvanised iron marked 'Boiled water for drinking purposes.'A Woman's Part in a Revolution | Natalie Harris Hammond
The chorus of exclamations, which you may allot at choice, ended in laughter as the galvanised circle broke up.Somehow Good | William de Morgan
She demurs to removal, but goes in the end on condition that all present shall come and see dolly galvanised at an early date.Somehow Good | William de Morgan
It was after ten o'clock and I was tired, but the presence of the man immediately galvanised me into activity.The Empty House And Other Ghost Stories | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for galvanize
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
- galvanization or galvanisation, noun
- galvanizer or galvaniser, noun
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