- 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 rivetting
Anything want grinding, rivetting or soldering, anything to mend?Ditte: Girl Alive!
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He was rivetting a plate of copper on the hull of the Daisy.The Book of Missionary Heroes
My unfortunate misconception of painful facts may have been the means of rivetting those irons upon your limbs.Mark Hurdlestone
The large rings are much worn, and have been ingeniously repaired by rivetting a new piece to each.The Archaeology and Prehistoric Annals of Scotland
To see it is a matter of trifling difficulty, except on one particular day—that devoted to the rivetting of the chaine.
- 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 rivetting
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.