[gal-vuh-nahyz] /ˈgæl vəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), galvanized, galvanizing.
to stimulate by or as if by a current.
Medicine/Medical. to stimulate or treat (muscles or nerves) with induced direct current (distinguished from ).
to startle into sudden activity; stimulate.
to coat (metal, especially iron or steel) with zinc.
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
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.
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