Meaning of RIVET in English


I. ˈrivə̇t, usu -ə̇d.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English ryvette, revette, from Middle French river to be attached

: a headed pin or bolt of some malleable material (as wrought iron, mild steel, or copper) 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

( riveted also rivetted ; riveted also rivetted ; riveting also rivetting ; rivets )

Etymology: Middle English rivetten, reveten, from ryvette, revette, n.

1. : to fasten with or as if with rivets

rivet two pieces of iron

copper riveting for pants — Fortnight

could not drink tea from riveted china — Elizabeth Taylor

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 : peen

3. : to fasten firmly : make firm, strong, or immovable : fix closely (as the eye, gaze, or mind)

made abundant gifts to rivet this fealty — Bernard DeVoto

stood riveted to the earth … in the fascination of that dreaded gaze — Sheridan Le Fanu

reporters' attention was temporarily riveted on some pelicans — Percy Sillitoe

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

another part of the room soon riveted her gaze — Thomas Hardy

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