verb (used with object), riv·et·ed, riv·et·ing or (especially British) riv·et·ted, riv·et·ting.
Origin of rivet
Examples from the Web for rivet
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.
Suddenly something in the bolt itself seemed to rivet his attention.The Mysterious Affair at Styles|Agatha Christie
Her way was checked abruptly and every plate and rivet in her steel fabric groaned.The Ocean Wireless Boys and the Lost Liner|Wilbur Lawton
We mean for the illustrations—Mr. Rivet said you might put one in.The Real Thing and Other Tales|Henry James
It is a fine, sensible clock that goes faithfully about its business unless hindered by the lack of a rivet or a drop of oil.Christopher and the Clockmakers|Sara Ware Bassett
How they would exult if they could but break the rivet that makes of the two blades one resistless weapon!Pages From an Old Volume of Life|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
British Dictionary definitions for rivet
verb -ets, -eting or -eted (tr)
Word Origin for rivet
Word Origin and History for rivet (1 of 2)
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.