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

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Other Words from galvanic

galvanically \ gal-​ˈva-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce galvanically (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
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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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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Galvanic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of galvanic

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


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

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

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