- a metal pin for passing through holes in two or more plates or pieces to hold them together, usually made with a head at one end, the other end being hammered into a head after insertion.
- to fasten with a rivet or rivets.
- to hammer or spread out the end of (a pin, bolt, etc.) in order to form a head and secure something; clinch.
- to fasten or fix firmly.
- to hold (the eye, attention, etc.) firmly.
Origin of rivet
Examples from the Web for riveted
Until they do, Berry utilizes her star quality to keep us riveted and awaiting whatever twist comes next.Surprise! Halle Berry’s Career Is ‘Extant’
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Now everyone in the room is riveted, watching Justin put one huge foot in front of the other.Watch Justin Bieber Try to Walk in a Straight Line After His DUI Arrest
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All witnesses to a moment in history that still has us all riveted.Would It Have Saved JFK? Jim Lehrer on the Mystery of the Bubble Top
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The stories of two of the rescued women, Berry and DeJesus, have riveted Cleveland for close to a decade.‘I Just Thought He Was Odd’: Neighbors of the Cleveland Kidnapper on What They Saw
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It was the Golden Globes moment that riveted A-listers and home viewers alike.Read the Full Transcript of Jodie Foster’s Golden Globes Speech
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January 14, 2013
He riveted on the gods his enemies the yoke which had been resting on them.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
A smith was speedily in attendance, who riveted upon him a set of heavy irons.Barnaby Rudge
He was close to the girl, and his eyes were riveted upon the little packet.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
She came to the spot, as though attracted by some power, and she remained, as if riveted there.
Riveted to his chair, he remained in despair until eventide.
- a short metal pin for fastening two or more pieces together, having a head at one end, the other end being hammered flat after being passed through holes in the pieces
- to join by riveting
- to hammer in order to form into a head
- (often passive) to cause to be fixed or held firmly, as in fascinated attention, horror, etcto be riveted to the spot
Word Origin and History for riveted
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.