rivet
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, clinch on a nail, rivet, from Old French, from river to attach, rivet, probably from rive border, edge, bank, from Latin ripa Date: 15th century a headed pin or bolt of metal used for uniting two or more pieces by passing the shank through a hole in each piece and then beating or pressing down the plain end so as to make a second head II. transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. to fasten with or as if with rivets 2. to upset the end or point of (as a metallic pin, rod, or bolt) by beating or pressing so as to form a head 3. to fasten or fix firmly <
stood riveted by fright
>
4. to attract and hold (as the attention) completely • riveter noun

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  • Rivet — Riv et, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Riveted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Riveting}.] 1. To fasten with a rivet, or with rivets; as, to rivet two pieces of iron. [1913 Webster] 2. To spread out the end or point of, as of a metallic pin, rod, or bolt, by beating or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rivet — 1. (ri vè) s. m. 1°   Clou dont la pointe ou l extrémité est refoulée sur elle même, de manière à former un clou à deux têtes qui ne peut plus sortir. Les feuilles de tôle dont sont formées les chaudières des machines à vapeur sont unies entre… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Rivet — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rivet — [riv′it] n. [ME ryvette < MFr rivet < river, to clinch < ?] 1. a metal bolt or pin with a head on one end, used to fasten plates or beams together by passing it through holes in them and then hammering down the plain end into a head so… …   English World dictionary

  • Rivet —   [ri vɛ], Paul, französischer Ethnologe und Sprachforscher, * Wasigny (Département Ardennes) 7. 5. 1876, ✝ Paris 21. 3. 1958; war Militärarzt, betrieb 1901 07 Forschungen in Ecuador. Seit 1928 Professor und Museumsdirektor in Paris, gründete er… …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • rivet — (n.) c.1400, from O.Fr. rivet, possibly from M.Du. wriven turn, grind. The English word may be directly from M.Du. The verb is attested from early 15c. Meaning to command the attention is from c.1600; riveting (adj.) in this sense is from 1854 …   Etymology dictionary

  • rivet — ► NOUN ▪ a short metal pin or bolt for holding together two metal plates, its headless end being beaten out or pressed down when in place. ► VERB (riveted, riveting) 1) join or fasten with a rivet or rivets. 2) (usu. be riveted) completely… …   English terms dictionary

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