riveting

adjective riv·et·ing \ ˈri-və-tiŋ \
Updated on: 18 May 2018

Definition of riveting

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

rivetingly

play \ˈri-və-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of riveting in a Sentence

  1. a riveting explanation of light waves that fascinated the class

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First Known Use of riveting

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  • : very exciting or interesting



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