Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A metal bolt or pin having a head on one end, inserted through aligned holes in the pieces to be joined and then hammered on the plain end so as to form a second head.
  • transitive v. To fasten or secure with or as if with a rivet.
  • transitive v. To hammer the headless end of so as to form a head and fasten something.
  • transitive v. To fasten or secure firmly; fix.
  • transitive v. To engross or hold (the attention, for example).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cylindrical mechanical fastener that attaches multiple parts together by fitting through a hole and deforming the head(s) at either end.
  • n.  any fixed point or certain basis
  • n. a light kind of footman's armour (back-formation from almain-rivet)
  • v. to attach or fasten parts by using rivets
  • v. to install rivets
  • v. to command the attention of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To fasten with a rivet, or with rivets.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. Hence, to fasten firmly; to make firm, strong, or immovable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fasten with a rivet or with rivets: as, to rivet two pieces of iron.
  • To clench: as, to rivet a pin or bolt.
  • Figuratively, to fasten firmly; make firm, strong, or immovable: as, to rivet friendship.
  • n. A short metallic malleable pin or bolt passing through a hole and so fastened as to keep pieces of metal (or sometimes other substances) together; especially, a short bolt or pin of wrought-iron, copper, or of any other malleable material, formed with a head and inserted into a hole at the junction of two or more pieces of metal, the point after insertion being hammered broad so as to keep the pieces closely bound together.
  • n. Bearded wheat.
  • n. The roe of a fish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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. direct one's attention on something
  • v. hold (someone's attention)
  • v. fasten with a rivet or rivets

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French river, to attach.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French rivet (13th century), from a verb river "to fetter [a person]" (12th century), from rive "rim, edge" (ca. 1100), which is ultimately from Latin ripa "riverbank". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The lower right quadrant, if it has anything in it, will be a “C”, to indicate that the butt side of the rivet is to be countersunk, (such as a double flush plug) for the NACA method (82 degrees, rather than the 100 degrees for under a manufactered head).

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  • Naturally, he climbs to the rooftop, where he finds that his "rivet" is merely a dropped lunch box.

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  • This kind of rivet is used to connect delicate materials - the hammering of the rivet head requires only little force.

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  • The allowance depends on the kind of rivet and on the field of application:

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  • Lest the piece should slip through the hole in the lip, a kind of rivet is formed by twine bound round the inner extremity, and this, protruding into the space left by the extraction of the four front teeth of the lower jaw, entices the tongue to act upon the extremity, which gives it a wriggling motion indescribably ludicrous during conversation.

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  • And she's got a "rivet" in her head, implying that she's been pieced together out of all the stuff Americans consume.

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  • I’ll teach you what to do and show you what kind of rivet to use.”

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  • I'll teach you what to do and show you what kind of rivet to use. "

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  • What I really wanted was rivets, by heaven! Rivets. To get on with the work--to stop the hole. Rivets I wanted. There were cases of them down at the coast--cases--piled up--burst--split! You kicked a loose rivet at every second step in that station yard on the hillside. Rivets had rolled into the grove of death. You could fill your pockets with rivets for the trouble of stooping down--and there wasn't one rivet to be found where it was wanted.

    --Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

    March 9, 2011