Definitions for: Rivet

[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
[n] ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as on a vault or shield or belt)
[v] focus one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
[v] hold (someone's attention); "The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"
[v] fasten with a rivet or rivets

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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

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