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.
- riv·et·er, noun
- riv·et·less, adjective
- un·riv·et·ing, adjective
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How to use rivet in a sentence
Driving the gold-plated rivet into steel, Charles Hayden, Class of 1890, marked a new phase for New York City’s storied Waldorf Astoria hotel.
“In driving this rivet, I feel that I am driving home the fact that the tangible realization of a wonderful dream is underway,” Hayden said in the New York Times.
Unlike your snow boots, the Kindersleys are easy to dress up, what with their classy dark-brown leather, sharp-looking metal rivets, striped red laces, and pebbled outsoles.
It turned out really ugly—it ended up lumpy and the rivets were completely smashed, but I don’t regret doing it.Everything you need to know to start leatherworking | Sandra Gutierrez G. | February 19, 2021 | Popular-Science
He looked at the thin sheet of metal ringed by rivet holes and he knew instantly what it was his wife had chanced upon.
The U.S. European Command relies primarily upon the RC-135 rivet Joint to vacuum up electronic communications from Russia.Kerry: U.S. Taped Moscow’s Calls to Its Ukraine Spies | Josh Rogin, Eli Lake | April 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Nonsense,” muttered Hawberk, searching on the floor for a fallen rivet.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show | Robert W. Chambers | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Looked at in closeup, it reveals a row of popped rivets, with one rivet still partially stuck in place.
She came with an easy smile into the little group, and immediately her magnetic presence seemed to rivet all attention.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
With medium or moderately hard steel all rivet holes should be drilled, or punched ⅛ in.
This process of forming the second head on the rivet is known as riveting, and may be done by hand-hammering or by a machine.
The conical head has a diameter twice and a height three quarters of the rivet diameter.
The greatest diameter of the pan head is about 1·6, and its height ·7 of the rivet diameter.
British Dictionary definitions for rivet
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, etc: to be riveted to the spot
- riveter, noun
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