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Meaning of GALVANIZE

Pronunciation:  'galvu`nIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  stimulate by administering a shock; as of muscles
  2. [v]  cover with zinc; as of steel, for example
  3. [v]  to stimulate to action ; "..startled him awake"; "galvanized into action"

GALVANIZE is a 9 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: galvanise, galvanise, galvanise, startle
 See Also: ball over, blow out of the water, coat, floor, shock, shock, stun, surface, take aback



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gal"va*nize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Galvanized}; p pr.
& vb. n. {Galvanizing}.] [Cf. F. galvaniser.]
1. To affect with galvanism; to subject to the action of
   electrical currents.

2. To plate, as with gold, silver, etc., by means of

3. To restore to consciousness by galvanic action (as from a
   state of suspended animation); hence, to stimulate or
   excite to a factitious animation or activity.

4. To coat, as iron, with zinc. See {Galvanized iron}.

{Galvanized iron}, formerly, iron coated with zink by
   electrical deposition; now more commonly, iron coated with
   zink by plunging into a bath of melted zink, after its
   surface has been cleaned by friction with the aid of
   dilute acid.

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