[ 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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How to use rivet in a sentence
Another of the firm's commercials suggested the rivetting if iron lasts were used.
My unfortunate misconception of painful facts may have been the means of rivetting those irons upon your limbs.
These letters were addressed to Maccari's wife, and contained what is termed "rivetting" evidence.
Rivetting is, perhaps, the best mode, as it is not liable to shake loose by the vibration of the hammer.
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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