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rivet

noun riv·et \ ˈri-vət \

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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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rivet

verb

Definition of rivet

transitive verb
1 :to fasten with or as if with rivets
2 :to upset the end or point of (something, such as a metallic pin, rod, or bolt) by beating or pressing so as to form a head
3 :to fasten or fix firmly
  • stood riveted by fright
4 :to attract and hold (something, such as a person's 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

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First Known Use of rivet

15th century

rivet Synonyms

Synonyms
center, fasten, focus, concentrate, train
Related Words
aim, direct, home (in on), hone in (on), level, nail, point, set, zero (in on); attend, heed, mind; fixate (on), obsess (over); refocus

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RIVET Defined for English Language Learners

rivet

noun

Definition of rivet for English Language Learners

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


rivet

verb

Definition of rivet for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RIVET Defined for Kids

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rivet

noun riv·et \ ˈri-vət \

Definition of rivet for Students

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

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rivet

verb

Definition of rivet for Students

riveted; riveting
1 :to fasten with rivets
2 :to attract and hold (as someone's attention) completely
  • We were riveted by the story.
3 :to make (someone) unable to move because of fear or shock


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