Definition of galvanize
1a : to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically galvanize a muscleb : to stimulate or excite as if by an electric shock an issue that would galvanize public opinion
2 : to coat (iron or steel) with zinc; especially : to immerse in molten zinc to produce a coating of zinc-iron alloy
: to react as if stimulated by an electric shock they galvanized into action
galvanizationplay \ˌgal-və-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
galvanizerplay \ˈgal-və-ˌnī-zər\ noun
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Examples of galvanize in a Sentence
The group is hoping to galvanize public opinion against the proposed law.
The Web site has galvanized support for the project.
a factory where steel is galvanized
Recent Examples of galvanize from the Web
The case sparked protests and is part of the larger pattern of black men being killed by police officers that has galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement.
Superbugs and investors at risk The election of Donald Trump further galvanized interest in environmental, social and governance-based investing.
In my version of the story, Catelyn Stark is re-imbued with a kind of life and becomes this vengeful wight who galvanizes a group of people around her and is trying to exact her revenge on the riverlands.
The Standing Rock Sioux used Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to galvanize national support for their protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline and its threat to their drinking water.
In September, a gallery exhibition—also titled Religious Change: 1450-1700—will focus on the ways that print galvanized the Reformation, the 16th-century religious movement that led to the foundation of Protestantism.
That might have been the precise moment that the man believed to be Cunanan took his life and ended a dragnet that galvanized the nation.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker who said weeks ago that people should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments is now criticizing the vandalism of a historical marker about a lynching that galvanized the civil rights movement.
Although the community has contended with gang violence for years, the murders that galvanized the community were those of 15-year-old Nisa Mickens and 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas.
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The Scientific Origins of galvanize
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 around 1797; the verb galvanize appeared a few years later, in the early 19th century. Charlotte Brontë used the verb figuratively in her 1853 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 it from rust (as in galvanized carpentry nails).
GALVANIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of galvanize for English Language Learners
: 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
GALVANIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of galvanize for Students
1 : to excite about something so that action is taken Increasing litter galvanized children to clean up the park.
2 : to coat with zinc for protection The steel was galvanized to prevent it from rusting.
Medical Definition of galvanize
: to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically galvanize a muscle
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