galvanic

adjective
gal·​van·​ic | \ gal-ˈva-nik How to pronounce galvanic (audio) \

Definition of galvanic

1a : of, relating to, or producing a direct current of electricity a galvanic cell
b : caused by galvanism used especially of the corrosion of metallic objects as a result of electrolytic action … an effective alternative to conventional copper paints that cause galvanic corrosion of metals underwater.Cruising World
2a : having an electric effect : intensely exciting a galvanic performance
b : produced as if by an electric shock had a galvanic effect on the audience

Other Words from galvanic

galvanically \ gal-​ˈva-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce galvanic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of galvanic in a Sentence

Her performance had a galvanic effect on the audience. her galvanic rendition of the song received rapturous applause
Recent Examples on the Web Others on the galvanic scene included the Romanian poet Tristan Tzara and the German Hugo Ball. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2021 The gold dial is hand-engraved in a honeycomb pattern and then finished with a dramatic blue galvanic treatment. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2021 In 2012 a Pennsylvania chiropractor ran an advertisement containing patients’ enthusiastic reviews of an unproven technique known as galvanic skin measurement. Lindsay Gellman, Wired, 17 Nov. 2021 The color was added by galvanic plating (a type of electroplating), one of the few things Christian cannot do himself. Mark Cho, Robb Report, 16 Oct. 2021 Split between streaming and live TV, viewers at home were treated to galvanic performances (hello, Jennifer Holliday!) and moving speeches. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 27 Sep. 2021 The galvanic forces exerted by pandemics have always shaped global history, says Marina Gorbis, executive director at the Institute for the Future, a nonprofit think tank in Palo Alto, California. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 The galvanic forces exerted by pandemics have always shaped global history, says Marina Gorbis, executive director at the Institute for the Future, a nonprofit think tank in Palo Alto, California. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 The galvanic forces exerted by pandemics have always shaped global history, says Marina Gorbis, executive director at the Institute for the Future, a nonprofit think tank in Palo Alto, California. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of galvanic

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for galvanic

borrowed from French galvanique, from galvanisme galvanism + -ique -ic entry 1

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8 Dec 2021

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“Galvanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galvanic. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for galvanic

galvanic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of galvanic

: relating to or producing a direct current of electricity
: causing people to feel or react strongly

galvanic

adjective
gal·​van·​ic | \ gal-ˈvan-ik How to pronounce galvanic (audio) \

Medical Definition of galvanic

: of, relating to, involving, or producing a direct current of electricity galvanic stimulation of flaccid muscles — compare faradic

Other Words from galvanic

galvanically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce galvanic (audio) \ adverb

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