- Of or pertaining to galvanism; electric.
1871, Harriet Beecher Stowe, chapter 22, in Pink and White Tyranny:
- [S]he was quivering like a galvanic battery with the suppressed force of some powerful emotion.
- (by extension) Energetic, vigorous.
1862, Anthony Trollope, chapter 6, in North America:
- 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, chapter 19, in Salthaven:
- 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.
of or pertaining to galvanism; electric