gal·​van·​ic | \gal-ˈva-nik \

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 \ 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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Under the galvanic direction of Grant Park’s principal conductor and artistic director, the performances carried enough strength and vitality to reduce a few errant notes and ensemble blemishes in the orchestral playing to inconsequentiality. John Von Rhein,, "Grant Park Music Festival opens with a choral blockbuster under friendly skies," 14 June 2018 As the film’s title announces, Ms. Driver’s subject is Jean-Michel Basquiat, an artist who died in 1988, at 27, yet who still produced a galvanic body of work. New York Times, "Review: ‘Boom for Real’ Is a Beguiling Look at a Teenage Basquiat," 30 Apr. 2018 Corrosion usually happens when someone installs fancy aftermarket metal caps that develop a galvanic reaction, especially where salt is used to treat the roads. Bob Weber,, "Water leaks in cars can be as elusive as mermaids," 6 May 2017 Mac, a galvanic performer who combines the otherworldly gender fluidity of Ziggy Stardust and the unstoppable razzle-dazzle of a post-modern Liza Minnelli, could easily stop traffic in these groves of academe with a simple change in headdress. Charles Mcnulty,, "Taylor Mac on gay history, 'Hamilton' and his epic 24-hour extravaganza at the Ace," 14 Mar. 2018 For the follow-up to last year’s galvanic sets, Morrison returns with decidedly smaller forces, leading a quartet. Howard Reich,, "From Morrison to Monk, a weekend of tantalizing music," 25 Jan. 2018 The moment at lunchtime when @george_osborne tweets his paper’s front page, its lead editorial, and a frequently savage political cartoon is now a galvanic juncture in the day’s news cycle. Ed Caesar, Esquire, "George Osborne's Revenge," 15 Sep. 2017 An explosive rock outfit from Providence, R.I., Downtown Boys are recent signees to Seattle’s storied SubPop label, and have just released The Cost Of Living, a galvanic salvo in which lead singer Victoria Ruiz speaks up for the dispossessed., "Everything you need to know about Made in America Day Two," 3 Sep. 2017 Celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday at the helm of a galvanic quartet, Valdés will demonstrate an undiminished ability to fuse Afro-Caribbean rhythms and Stateside hard bop with joyous abandon. The New Yorker, "Chucho Valdés Quartet 75th Birthday Celebration," 9 May 2014

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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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English Language Learners Definition of galvanic

: relating to or producing a direct current of electricity

: causing people to feel or react strongly


gal·​van·​ic | \gal-ˈvan-ik \

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 \ adverb

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