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



galvanic (comparative more galvanic, superlative most galvanic)

  1. 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.
  2. (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”, in 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.
  3. Of a current that is not alternating, as opposed to faradic.
    • 2005, Carolyn Thomas de la Pena, chapter 3, in The Body Electric: How Strange Machines Built the Modern American:
      Physicians used galvanic currents, which required only a galvanic power source, and faradic treatments, which utilized an "alternating" induction coil.


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Borrowed from French galvanique.


galvanic m or n (feminine singular galvanică, masculine plural galvanici, feminine and neuter plural galvanice)

  1. galvanic