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galvanize

[ gal-vuh-nahyz ]
/ ˈgæl vəˌnaɪz /
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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.

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Also especially British, gal·va·nise .

Origin of galvanize

1795–1805; <French galvaniser, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ize
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British Dictionary definitions for galvanize

galvanize

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

noun

Caribbean galvanized iron, usually in the form of corrugated sheets as used in roofing
galvanization or galvanisation, noungalvanizer or galvaniser, noun
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