see also: Rivet
  • IPA: /ˈɹɪvət/

rivet (plural rivets)

  1. A cylindrical mechanical fastener that attaches multiple parts together by fitting through a hole and deforming the head(s) at either end.
  2. (figuratively) Any fixed point or certain basis.
  3. (obsolete) A light kind of footman's armour (back-formation from almain-rivet).
Translations Verb

rivet (rivets, present participle riveting; past and past participle riveted)

  1. (transitive) To attach or fasten parts by using rivets. [from early 15th c.]
  2. (transitive) To install rivets.
  3. (transitive, figurative) To command the attention of. [from c. 1600]
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  4. (transitive, figurative) To make firm or immovable.
    Terror riveted him to the spot.
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Aufmerksamkeit richten auf, Blick heften auf

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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