galvanic

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From French galvanique, after physiologist Luigi Alyisio Galvani (1737–1798) + -ique.

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galvanic (comparative more galvanic, superlative most galvanic)

  1. Of or pertaining to galvanism; electric.
    • 1871, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Pink and White Tyranny, ch. 22:
      [S]he was quivering like a galvanic battery with the suppressed force of some powerful emotion.
  2. (by extension) Energetic, vigorous.
    • 1862, Anthony Trollope, North America, ch. 6:
      Whether the town existed during Mr. Tapley's time I have not been able to learn. . . . At that moment a galvanic motion had been pumped into it by the war movements of General Halleck.
    • 1908, W. W. Jacobs, Salthaven, ch. 19:
      Then he clenched his fists, and, with an agility astonishing in a man of his years, indulged in a series of galvanic little hops in front of the astounded Peter Truefitt.
    • 2014 April 4, Zachary Woolfe, "Music: How the Centuries Will Play Out," New York Times (retrieved 12 May 2014):
      But the main event may well end up being the performance of Brahms’s galvanic Piano Concerto No. 1, with the exhilarating British pianist Paul Lewis.

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