Meaning of RIVET in English


I. riv ‧ et 1 /ˈrɪvət, ˈrɪvɪt/ BrE AmE verb

1 . be riveted on/to/by something if your attention is riveted on something, you are so interested or so frightened that you keep looking at it:

All eyes were riveted on her in horror.

2 . be riveted to the spot to be so shocked or frightened that you cannot move

3 . [transitive] to fasten something with rivets

II. rivet 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: river 'to be fastened' ]

a metal pin used to fasten pieces of metal together ⇨ bolt

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