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Meaning of RIVET

Pronunciation:  'rivit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  heavy pin having a head at one end and the other end being hammered flat after being passed through holes in the pieces that are fastened together
  2. [n]  ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as on a vault or shield or belt)
  3. [v]  focus one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
  4. [v]  hold (someone's attention); "The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"
  5. [v]  fasten with a rivet or rivets

RIVET is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: boss, center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, stud
 See Also: absorb, cerebrate, cogitate, decoration, engage, engross, engulf, fasten, fix, hear, immerse, listen, nailhead, occupy, ornament, ornamentation, pin, plunge, recall, secure, soak up, steep, take heed, think, zoom in



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Riv"et\, n. [F., fr. river to rivet; perh. fr. Icel. rifa
    to fasten together. Cf. {Reef} part of a sail.]
    A metallic pin with a head, used for uniting two plates or
    pieces of material together, by passing it through them and
    then beating or pressing down the point so that it shall
    spread out and form a second head; a pin or bolt headed or
    clinched at both ends.
          With busy hammers closing rivets up. --Shak.
    {Rivet joint}, or {Riveted joint}, a joint between two or
       more pieces secured by rivets.
  2. \Riv"et\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Riveted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To fasten with a rivet, or with rivets; as, to rivet two
       pieces of iron.
    2. To spread out the end or point of, as of a metallic pin,
       rod, or bolt, by beating or pressing, so as to form a sort
       of head.
    3. Hence, to fasten firmly; to make firm, strong, or
       immovable; as, to rivet friendship or affection.
             Rivet and nail me where I stand, ye powers!
             Thus his confidence was riveted and confirmed. --Sir
                                                   W. Scott.