- 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 rivetted
I tried to turn my eyes away from the scene, but they were rivetted on the spot.Old Jack
His eyes were rivetted upon it, and he could not remove them.The Phantom Ship
So close was his head that the two gleaming orbs seemed to be rivetted to us.The Great White Queen
William Le Queux
My eyes were rivetted upon the doctor's for fully a minute in silence.Pharaoh's Broker
By a repetition of vicious acts, evil habits have been formed within us, and have rivetted the fetters of sin.
- 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 rivetted
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.