Pronunciation: (gal'vu-nīz"), [key]
—v.t., -nized, -niz•ing.
1. to stimulate by or as if by a galvanic current.
2. Med.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. Also, esp. Brit.,gal'va•nise".
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.