- 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
Related Words for rivetingenticing, intriguing, absorbing, engaging, engrossing, compelling, enthralling, enchanting, mesmerizing, spellbinding, captivating, alluring, appealing, bewitching, hypnotic, irresistible, magnetic, seductive
Examples from the Web for riveting
Contemporary Examples of riveting
“Impeachment is a riveting event in the history of the country,” Kucinich says.Repubs Should Take It From Kucinich: Impeachment Isn’t Worth It
December 5, 2014
She also captured the entire episode in her riveting, award-worthy documentary Citizenfour, which is in theaters now.Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets
December 1, 2014
He opens up about the bogus Midnight Express, Oliver Stone on blow, and his riveting one-man show.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler
November 14, 2014
Spader, so intense and riveting last year as Red, has lost some of that unyielding relentlessness.The Blacklist’s Frustrating Fall: Keen’s a Keeper, but Red Regresses
November 11, 2014
The experts there said the material and the riveting was what would have been used in the relevant time period.How Amelia's Plane Was Found
October 30, 2014
Historical Examples of riveting
While the smith was riveting my chains, I addressed the sub-governor.The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck
Later, she went out to the stable where Tolliver was riveting a broken tug.The Fighting Edge
William MacLeod Raine
It would only be the means of riveting them on constitutional ground.
It somehow succeeded in riveting for a second Philip's attention.The British Barbarians
The plate is in this case fastened to the drawer or door by nailing or riveting.Copper Work
Augustus F. Rose
- absolutely fascinating; enthralling
- 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 for rivet
"commanding attention," 1854, present participle adjective from rivet (v.). Related: Rivetingly.
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.