[ riv-it ]
/ ˈrɪv ɪt /
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.
verb (used with object), riv·et·ed, riv·et·ing.
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.
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Origin of rivet
First recorded in 1350–1400; (noun) Middle English revette, rivette, from Old French rivet, derivative of river “to attach”; (verb) Middle English revetten, derivative of the noun
OTHER WORDS FROM rivetriv·et·er, nounriv·et·less, adjectiveun·riv·et·ing, adjective
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Words related to rivet
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How to use rivet in a sentence
As with that earlier book, he rivets the reader to a plot of jarring contradictions.
Looked at in closeup, it reveals a row of popped rivets, with one rivet still partially stuck in place.
Then the rivets were cut out similarly at the other point of contrary flexure and the joint opened.
For compression members the shearing area of rivets in butt-joints was made half the useful section of plate in compression.
In like manner the height KP of the conical head may be marked off on all rivets of the same diameter with conical heads.
The boilers are of the Navy type, made throughout of Siemens-Martin steel plates, riveted with steel rivets, all holes drilled.
It is somewhat difficult to explain this ingenious arrangement in words, but Fig. 27 will show how the straps and rivets are set.
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
verb -ets, -eting or -eted (tr)
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
Derived forms of rivetriveter, noun
Word Origin for rivet
C14: from Old French, from river to fasten, fix, of unknown origin
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