riv·​et·​ing | \ˈri-və-tiŋ \

Definition of riveting 

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

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Other Words from riveting

rivetingly \ ˈri-​və-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of riveting in a Sentence

a riveting explanation of light waves that fascinated the class

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Outside of a riveting performance in a 49-15 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the 2015 NFC championship game, Newton's statistics in the postseason have been average. USA TODAY, "Cam Newton key to Panthers playoffs hopes vs. Saints," 3 Jan. 2018 The Invisible Hand The color of money flows blood red in the Southern California premiere of Ayad Akhtar's riveting hostage thriller, which insightfully links terrorism with global finance through the universal currency of greed. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "The week ahead in L.A. theater, April 29-May 6: 'The Baby Dance: Mixed' at Rubicon Theatre and more," 29 Apr. 2018 The blue blasts continued at Chromat, where the nontraditional casting—a stunningly diverse array of shapes and sizes—was riveting and the energy was contagious. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Why Shocking Neon Makeup Should Be Your Summer Beauty Strategy," 31 May 2018 Changing technology and viewing habits have taken a toll this year, and Team USA hasn’t been as riveting as expected. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'ABC World News Tonight' notches win against Olympics-driven NBC," 21 Feb. 2018 No high-major conference race will be more riveting than the Big 12’s. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "Ranking the Teams With the Best Chance of Winning the Big 12 Title," 18 Jan. 2018 Sure, reliving arguably the most riveting match in tennis history, which saw Nadal end Federer’s quest to win six straight Wimbledon titles in a four hour, 48 minute epic that included two rain delays and ended in near darkness, is delightful. Sean Gregory, Time, "This Year's Wimbledon Could Give Tennis Fans Another Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Classic," 29 June 2018 The Singapore summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un will be the most riveting reality show of the Trump presidency. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Trump-Kim summit: What to watch for when they meet in Singapore | Trudy Rubin," 6 June 2018 The tradeoff for a lopsided quarterfinal round, of course, is a potentially riveting set of semifinals. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Does Any Trailing Team Have a Comeback Shot in Champions League Quarterfinals?," 6 Apr. 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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