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rivet

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noun riv·et \ˈri-vət\

Simple Definition of rivet

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rivet

  1. :  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

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rivet

verb riv·et

Simple Definition of 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rivet

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fasten with or as if with rivets

  3. 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

  4. 3 :  to fasten or fix firmly <stood riveted by fright>

  5. 4 :  to attract and hold (as the attention) completely

riveter noun

Examples of rivet in a sentence

  1. The iron plates are riveted rather than welded.

  2. <everyone riveted their eyes on the trick that the magician was performing on stage>



15th Century

First Known Use of rivet

15th century

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RIVET Defined for Kids

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rivet

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noun riv·et \ˈri-vət\

Definition of rivet for Students

  1. :  a bolt with a head that is passed through two or more pieces and is hammered into place




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rivet

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verb riv·et

Definition of rivet for Students

rivetedriveting

  1. 1 :  to fasten with rivets

  2. 2 :  to attract and hold (as someone's attention) completely <We were riveted by the story.>

  3. 3 :  to make (someone) unable to move because of fear or shock





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