Meaning of RIVET in English

RIVET

I. ˈri-vət noun

Etymology: Middle English, clinch on a nail, rivet, from Old French, from river to attach, rivet, probably from rive border, edge, bank, from Latin ripa

Date: 15th century

: a headed pin or bolt of metal used for uniting two or more pieces by passing the shank through a hole in each piece and then beating or pressing down the plain end so as to make a second head

II. transitive verb

Date: 15th century

1. : to fasten with or as if with rivets

2. : to upset the end or point of (as a metallic pin, rod, or bolt) by beating or pressing so as to form a head

3. : to fasten or fix firmly

stood rivet ed by fright

4. : to attract and hold (as the attention) completely

• riv·et·er noun

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