noun \ˈri-vət\

: a special kind of metal bolt or pin that is used to hold pieces of metal together

Full Definition of RIVET

:  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

Origin of RIVET

Middle English, clinch on a nail, rivet, from Old French, from river to attach, rivet, probably from rive border, edge, bank, from Latin ripa
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang

Rhymes with RIVET



: to attract and hold all of someone's attention

: to make (someone) unable to move because of fear, shock, etc.

: to fasten (something) with rivets

Full Definition of RIVET

transitive verb
:  to fasten with or as if with rivets
:  to upset the end or point of (as a metallic pin, rod, or bolt) by beating or pressing so as to form a head
:  to fasten or fix firmly <stood riveted by fright>
:  to attract and hold (as the attention) completely
riv·et·er noun

Examples of RIVET

  1. The iron plates are riveted rather than welded.
  2. <everyone riveted their eyes on the trick that the magician was performing on stage>

First Known Use of RIVET

15th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

Rhymes with RIVET


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