- 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 riveter
She agrees to be their Rosie the Riveter under one condition: they save Peeta.‘Mockingjay’s’ Mastermind: Francis Lawrence on the Book vs. Movie, ISIS Parallels, and More
November 23, 2014
They had put up a vintage Rosie the Riveter “Can Do” sign, but he figured they could still use a hand.Heroism in the Rockaways After Hurricane Sandy
November 6, 2012
Women could finally stop being Rosie the Riveter; men could stop living in Hooverville tents.Grandma-in-Chief
Patricia J. Williams
November 26, 2008
Beyond the hill I cud hear the surf pounding like a riveter in a boiler.
The riveter and his mates occasionally practise the ludicrous.
His place and function are now, for the most part, occupied by the cutter and the clicker, the riveter and the machine-girl.Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers
William Edward Winks
The normal order of promotion is from labourer to puller-up, from puller-up to riveter, and thence to the position of chargeman.
He took refuge behind Sutton the riveter, whose gun had made such noise that he had heard none of the clamor.The Cup of Fury
- 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 riveter
1800, agent noun from rivet (v.).
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.