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galvanize (GAL-vuh-nyze) verb tr.

1. To stimulate or shock with an electric current.

2. To arouse to awareness or action; spur.

3. To coat (iron or steel) with rust-resistant zinc.

[After Luigi Galvani (1737-1798), Italian physiologist and physician who asserted that animal tissues generate electricity. Although he was proved wrong, his experiments stimulated research on electricity.]

"It's astonishing that such things would galvanize people and became really much more than merely a consumer movement, didn't they?" Jacki Lyden, Washington, DC, Consumer Activist, Weekend All Things Considered (NPR), 13 Jul 1997.

This week's theme: eponyms.


The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject. -Marcus Aurelius, philosopher, writer, Roman emperor (121-180)

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