He looked at the thin sheet of metal ringed by rivet holes and he knew instantly what it was his wife had chanced upon.
Looked at in closeup, it reveals a row of popped rivets, with one rivet still partially stuck in place.
If a nut or rivet head should happen to fly and be caught in it, the shell would immediately burst.
The lieutenant explained how to rivet the hoof and went away to his own quarters.
For their sakes, and to rivet still faster their own fetters, they engage in the most corrupting of all employments—and for what?
Such was her understanding and penetration, she knew how to rivet my affections.
No man except Moses had ever done more to rivet this truth on the minds and hearts of the people.
He undertook to rivet an iron-plate over the hole—at least to make the attempt.
The rivet holes match well and the rivet heads appear to be tight and well formed.
He struck the rivet such a blow that he snapped one shank of his spur short off.
c.1400, from Old French rivet "nail, rivet," from Old French river "to clench, fix, fasten," possibly from Middle Dutch wriven "turn, grind," related to rive (v.). The English word may be directly from Middle Dutch.