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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Other Words from riveting

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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Rainfall made the metal beams slippery, and for the riveting teams erecting the buildings’ steel skeletons, there was no fence to block a fall. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 Nack followed Davis to a motor home in Idaho to get the story and told it in riveting detail. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Remembering William Nack: A Passionate, Personable Master of His Craft," 14 Apr. 2018 By John Sedgwick Simon & Schuster, 487 pages, $30 Mr. Sedgwick’s account is filled with riveting, often gory details. H.w. Brands, WSJ, "The Cherokee vs. the Cherokee," 5 Apr. 2018 Leave it to the Europeans to thread the needle between ridiculous and riveting. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Escapist Spy Thriller Deutschland 86 Breaks the Curse of the Second Season," 24 Oct. 2018 Getty ImagesRachel Luna Former Oscar winner and current Oscar nominee Mahershala Ali has become a mainstay on the awards circuit this year for his riveting performance as Dr. Don Shirley in Green Book. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Mahershala Ali's Wife Amatus Sami-Karim? The Couple Are Both Artists," 23 Jan. 2019 The impeccable writing, performances — and crucially, the sound design by Jeff Schmidt — all come together for a storytelling experience that is emotionally riveting, and at times as terrifying as the William Friedkin movie itself. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "10 scary podcasts to listen to in the dark," 31 Oct. 2018 To declare that the experience was riveting, momentous, and utterly unique would be a triumph of understatement, but the sentiment would be echoed by anyone who ever worked for and with the man. Town & Country, ""Got the Snaps?"," 13 June 2015 With Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone and Al Pacino as his son Michael Corleone, the film provided a visually gruesome but riveting look at mafia life in 1940s and '50s New York. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "12 Best Movies Based on Books," 2 Aug. 2010

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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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