The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Galvanize \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
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