riv·​et·​ing | \ ˈri-və-tiŋ How to pronounce riveting (audio) \

Definition of riveting

: having the power to fix the attention : engrossing, fascinating a riveting story

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rivetingly \ ˈri-​və-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce rivetingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of riveting in a Sentence

a riveting explanation of light waves that fascinated the class

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All six actresses deliver riveting performances in this extremely challenging production. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: A compelling ‘Piece’ of women in war at the Attic," 10 June 2019 Amber Scorah, in her riveting debut memoir, Leaving the Witness, explores the upheaval of exiting a faith. Jacqueline Alnes, Longreads, "‘If Any of My Old Friends Are Reading This, It Is Okay Out Here.’," 8 June 2019 If the first three episodes of this second season are any indication, what’s waiting is another exceedingly wicked, exceedingly adult ride through riveting territory. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland.com, "Meryl Streep is powerful addition to ‘Big Little Lies’," 7 June 2019 In this riveting novel (and great beach read), Castellani revives the decades Tennessee Williams spent in Italy with his lover of 15 years, Frank Merlo. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "35 Outstanding LGBTQ+ Books Of 2019," 7 June 2019 There are a lot of spooky, riveting, can’t-believe-it’s-real true crime shows coming out in 2019. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "8 True Crime TV Shows of 2019 You Can't Look Away From," 15 Apr. 2019 At 7000 rpm, where all of the Bullitt's 480 ponies gallop at once, the noise belted through the active exhaust is riveting enough to excuse the driver's McQueen cosplaying. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 There’s an outdoor modern dance performance and a riveting talk in one of the mausoleum’s reception halls about historic restoration. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 If addiction stories ran on the fuel of darkness — the hypnotic spiral of an ongoing, deepening crisis — then recovery often seemed like the narrative slack, the dull terrain of wellness, a tedious addendum to the riveting blaze. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Leslie Jamison: Does Recovery Kill Great Writing?," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of riveting

1677, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of riveting was in 1677

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English Language Learners Definition of riveting

: very exciting or interesting

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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