galvanic

play
adjective gal·van·ic \gal-ˈva-nik\

Definition of galvanic

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or producing a direct current of electricity a galvanic cellb :  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

  2. 2a :  having an electric effect :  intensely exciting a galvanic performanceb :  produced as if by an electric shock had a galvanic effect on the audience

galvanically

play \gal-ˈva-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of galvanic in a Sentence

  1. Her performance had a galvanic effect on the audience.

  2. her galvanic rendition of the song received rapturous applause

Origin and Etymology of galvanic

borrowed from French galvanique, from galvinisme galvinism + -ique 1-ic


First Known Use: 1797

Other Electrical Engineering Terms


GALVANIC Defined for English Language Learners

galvanic

play
adjective gal·van·ic \gal-ˈva-nik\

Definition of galvanic for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or producing a direct current of electricity

  • : causing people to feel or react strongly


Medical Dictionary

galvanic

play
adjective gal·van·ic \gal-ˈvan-ik\

Medical Definition of galvanic

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

galvanically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb

Biographical Note for galvanic

Galvani

\gäl-ˈvä-nē\play ,

Luigi

(1737–1798), Italian physician and physicist. Galvani is known for his pioneering experiments in the electrical stimulation of frog nerves and muscles. His experiments motivated the discovery of a source of a constant current of electricity by Alessandro Volta.



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up galvanic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to link together in a series or chain

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!