riveting

adjective
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

Other Words from riveting

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

Examples of riveting in a Sentence

a riveting explanation of light waves that fascinated the class
Recent Examples on the Web The most riveting came from New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who used his time not to ask questions but to tearfully speak and draw tears from Jackson as well. Mary Clare Jalonick And Mark Sherman, chicagotribune.com, 24 Mar. 2022 Oliver Bullough has described how Londongrad became the capital of Moneyland, the title of his riveting book that preceded his latest, Butler to the World. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The New Republic, 13 Mar. 2022 Ivan covers his career, too, from the riveting, creepy Interior with Two Women and a Child, from 1861, to Blue Landscape, from about 1905, the year before Cézanne died. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 26 Feb. 2022 The third volume of March 1917, now available in an exceptionally fine rendition by Marian Schwartz, is especially riveting. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2022 The 12th hole remains the most riveting par 3 in golf, the scene of more collapses than comebacks. Doug Ferguson, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Apr. 2022 The 12th hole remains the most riveting par 3 in golf, the scene of more collapses than comebacks. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Apr. 2022 The 12th hole remains the most riveting par 3 in golf, the scene of more collapses than comebacks. CBS News, 10 Apr. 2022 The 12th hole remains the most riveting par 3 in golf, the scene of more collapses than comebacks. Doug Ferguson, Chron, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

14 May 2022

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“Riveting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riveting. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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