verb (used with object), gal·va·nized, gal·va·niz·ing.
Origin of galvanize
Synonyms for galvanize
Related Words for galvanizingshock, energize, invigorate, stun, motivate, excite, jolt, startle, arouse, stir, frighten, provoke, spur, astonish, prime, thrill, pique, fire, move, electrify
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Contemporary Examples of galvanizing
Yes, it was a fairly disappointing year in music—one devoid of Goth teen prodigies, Yeezy, and galvanizing rock anthems.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
December 31, 2014
Yes, that devastating storm that struck New Jersey in the fall of 2012 has become the galvanizing issue of the 2014 campaign.Red Sweep? Maybe, but One Tea Party Incumbent Is in Trouble
October 17, 2014
At the vanguard of the protests has been the galvanizing effect of social media.Brazil’s World Cup Is An Expensive, Exploitative Nightmare
May 30, 2014
Their job is to fuel a galvanizing blend of fear and outrage among listeners.Ted Cruz’s Biggest Cheerleaders Are (Where Else?) on Right-Wing Talk Radio
September 25, 2013
The success is galvanizing, and Facebook is just the beginning.An Auschwitz Survivor Searches for His Twin on Facebook
March 11, 2013
Historical Examples of galvanizing
Over all the area the Anglo-Saxon has laid his galvanizing hand.An African Adventure
Isaac F. Marcosson
And I want to ask papa particularly about galvanizing the mummy.Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3)
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Did not you faint last night when they were galvanizing the bodies?Sheppard Lee, Vol. II (of 2)
Robert Montgomery Bird
I fancy this will complete the job of galvanizing your friend for the time you require.The Lash
Olin L. Lyman
A flash of heroism was galvanizing the impressionable Bohemian.The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Vicente Blasco Ibanez
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.
Placement of a thin coat of a metal, such as zinc, over iron or steel to protect the latter from rust. Galvanized metals typically appear shiny.