- 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 or (especially British) riv·et·ted, riv·et·ting.
- 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.
- 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
1800, agent noun from rivet (v.).
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.