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Meaning of galvanize

gal•va•nize

Pronunciation: (gal'vu-nīz"), [key]
— -nized, -niz•ing.
  1. to stimulate by or as if by a galvanic current.
  2. to stimulate or treat (muscles or nerves) with induced direct current (distinguished from faradize).
  3. to startle into sudden activity; stimulate.
  4. to coat (metal, esp. iron or steel) with zinc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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