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 galvanized
The state was in a deep recession as Duke galvanized a racial backlash.
It is this very sensitive issue that has galvanized widespread resistance from previously loyal campesinos.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Independent union organization was galvanized by the revolution.Once Key Players in the Revolution, Egypt's Workers Stand Down|Jesse Rosenfeld|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The case also galvanized the gay-rights movement, which grew exponentially in its wake.The Sodomy Case That May Sway Justice Kennedy’s Same-Sex Marriage Vote|Adam Winkler|March 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was a startling move from a globally renowned activist who galvanized women to push for an end to civil war.A Nobel Smackdown in Liberia: Leymah Gbowee vs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf|Abigail Pesta|October 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
How often we have been horrified by these galvanized and ogling corpses.The Art Of The Moving Picture|Vachel Lindsay
A blast in my ear, like the voice of fifty trombones, galvanized me into full consciousness.The Riddle of the Sands|Erskine Childers
Climbing over two galvanized washtubs, he managed to get close enough to inspect it carefully.Ticktock and Jim|Keith Robertson
This time the exterior wires of the cable were of galvanized iron, the better to resist corrosion.Little Masterpieces of Science:|Various
He revenged himself by advising everybody to buy antiques from an extraordinary old gentleman, extremely like a galvanized mummy.It Happened in Egypt|C. N. Williamson
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.