Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To take out the rivets of; loosen, as anything held by rivets or pins.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To take out, or loose, the rivets of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To remove or loosen the rivets of.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

un- +‎ rivet

Examples

  • We must unbolt, unrivet, unhinge, and dismantle the military-industrial complex with finality.

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  • I believe that the sending back of that money to the United States, will do more to unrivet the fetters, to break the chains of the bondman, and to hasten the day of emancipation, than years of lecturing by the most eloquent abolitionists.

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  • Slowly he arose, shaking in every limb, and not till he became erect did he unrivet his eyes from that yellow heap on the table.

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  • She could not unrivet her eyes from the paralyzed Kells, yet she seemed to see Jim Cleve leap straight up, and then stand, equally motionless, with Kells.

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  • She could not unrivet her gaze from Moore to look at her friend, but she reached out with trembling hand to him.

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  • He constantly pondered upon the possibilities through which his friend might be freed from the shackles that bound him to the effeminate serfdom of idleness; but the magic that could unrivet those fetters had not yet been revealed.

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  • In short, they are so devout, sweet and innocent, that I have indulged my Fancy to that degree, so as to resolve to marry the Elder, who seems not averse to the Proposal; but will determine nothing till her Guardian comes to Town: But I hope to unrivet that Fancy; for you know that my loose way of living has made a great Hole in my little Estate, which her Guardian would soon find out, and perhaps I should be disappointed in the first Resolution I ever made of marrying.

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  • In short, they are so devout, sweet and innocent, that I have indulged my Fancy to that degree, so as to resolve to marry the Elder, who seems not averse to the Proposal; but will determine nothing till her Guardian comes to Town: But I hope to unrivet that Fancy; for you know that my loose way of living has made a great Hole in my little Estate, which her Guardian would soon find out, and perhaps I should be disappointed in the first Resolution I ever made of marrying.

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