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
If the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics, as Galileo once declared, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought that truth home for the world’s mathematicians, who have been galvanized by the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
If the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics, as Galileo once declared, the covid-19 pandemic has brought that truth home for the world’s mathematicians, who have been galvanized by the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
This family memoir is a galvanizing account of how Greta Thunberg became the face of the youth climate movement, and the crises she faced at home.
Made of willow branches and galvanized nails, these plant supports come in three sizes, ranging from 28 to 47 inches high.Shopping with the pros: The Madcap Cottage team chooses favorites from Terrain | Mari-Jane Williams | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
As Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck, outside of the store where Floyd apparently tried to use a $20 counterfeit bill, Floyd called out for his mother and said, “I can’t breathe” — a phrase that had previously galvanized social justice demonstrations.Third-degree murder charge dropped against former officer in George Floyd killing | Fabiola Cineas | October 22, 2020 | Vox
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The beheadings of American journalists galvanized U.S. public opinion, pushing Obama toward war.Will The Latest ISIS Beheading Move Britain To Tougher Action? | Jamie Dettmer | September 14, 2014 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
After the fight for Qusayr, the Hezbollah fighters appeared galvanized, ready to continue fighting for Assad.
It is only necessary to have a zinc, or a galvanized tray on which to stand the glass in an inverted position.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
And gathering up Stéphanie like a bunch of snowdrops, the yellow, galvanized iron old lady swept out of the room.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Another man who was in the room rose also, as if galvanized by the glare of the fierce blue eyes.Dope | Sax Rohmer
The hemp is saturated with tar to resist water, and the wires are galvanized to prevent rust.St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 | Various
I find that a holder made of a heavy piece of galvanized wire bent in the shape shown can be used to set the nozzle at any angle.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
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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