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galvanize

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verb gal·va·nize \ˈgal-və-ˌnīz\

Simple Definition of galvanize

  • : to cause (people) to become so excited or concerned about an issue, idea, etc., that they want to do something about it

  • : to cause (a force that is capable of causing change) to become active

  • : to cover (steel or iron) with a layer of zinc to prevent it from rusting

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of galvanize

galvanized

galvanizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically <galvanize a muscle> b :  to stimulate or excite as if by an electric shock <an issue that would galvanize public opinion>

  3. 2 :  to coat (iron or steel) with zinc; especially :  to immerse in molten zinc to produce a coating of zinc-iron alloy

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to react as if stimulated by an electric shock <they galvanized into action>

galvanization

play \ˌgal-və-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

galvanizer

play \ˈgal-və-ˌnī-zər\ noun

Examples of galvanize in a sentence

  1. The group is hoping to galvanize public opinion against the proposed law.

  2. The Web site has galvanized support for the project.

  3. a factory where steel is galvanized



Did You Know?

Luigi Galvani was an Italian physician and physicist who, in the 1770s, studied the electrical nature of nerve impulses by applying electrical stimulation to frogs’ leg muscles, causing them to contract. Although Galvani’s theory that animal tissue contained an innate electrical impulse was disproven, the Italian word galvanismo came to describe a current of electricity especially when produced by chemical action. English speakers borrowed the word as "galvanism" in 1797; the verb "galvanize" was introduced in 1802. Charlotte Brontë, in 1853, used the verb figuratively in her novel Villette: "Her approach always galvanized him to new and spasmodic life." These days, "galvanize" also means to cover metal with zinc or a zinc alloy to protect from rust (as in galvanized carpentry nails).

1802

First Known Use of galvanize

1802

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GALVANIZE Defined for Kids

galvanize

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verb gal·va·nize \ˈgal-və-ˌnīz\

Definition of galvanize for Students

galvanized

galvanizing

  1. 1 :  to excite about something so that action is taken <Increasing litter galvanized children to clean up the park.>

  2. 2 :  to coat with zinc for protection <The steel was galvanized to prevent it from rusting.>




Medical Dictionary

galvanize

transitive verb gal·va·nize

Medical Definition of galvanize

galvanized

or British

galvanised

;

galvanizing

or British

galvanising

  1. :  to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically <galvanize a muscle>



Variants of galvanize

or British

galvanise

\ˈgal-və-ˌnīz\play


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