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

  • adj. Wholly absorbing or engrossing one's attention; fascinating: The last chapter was so riveting that I was reading past midnight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of rivet.
  • adj. Commanding the attention of spectators.
  • n. The act of joining with rivets.
  • n. The act of spreading out and clinching the end, as of a rivet, by beating or pressing.
  • n. A set of rivets; rivets collectively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of joining with rivets; the act of spreading out and clinching the end, as of a rivet, by beating or pressing.
  • n. The whole set of rivets, collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or method of joining with rivets.
  • n. Rivets taken collectively.

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

  • adj. capable of arousing and holding the attention


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  • "Maguire more than makes up for what the book may lack in riveting action with his signature skilled wordplay and profound philosophies on life."

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  • It's even better when the story is riveting from the get-go and manages to ramp up the tension with each chapter.

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  • The fact that this movie, an endless series of talking heads, somehow manages to be riveting, is proof of his concept.

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  • We don't know the identity of the corpse that will follow the pope in riveting the nation's attention.

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  • Winter had been long months in riveting them, and not in a day were they to be broken, not even by the thunderbolt of spring.

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  • What you're saying is truly riveting, which is why I'm not breaking into asking questions.

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  • And what you're saying is riveting, which is why I'm not breaking in to ask you any questions.

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  • And although I found the first 400 or so pages of TKO very interesting (and the remainder something rather less than "riveting"), on the whole my impression of Littell is that he needs to get over himself -- big time.

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  • All three are responsible for one of the most talked-up documentaries to come out of Sundance this year, a film that is being billed as a "reality thriller" and has been heralded by critics as "riveting" and "unforgettable."

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  • Heath's performance is the best thing about the movie, BUT it was ALSO the superb direction by director Christopher Nolan for creating a long, but very intensly "riveting" movie which, to my surprize, GREATLY surpasses the job that was done on "Batman Begins".

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