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Definition of rivet
a short metal pin or bolt for holding together two plates of metal, its headless end being beaten out or pressed down when in place. a device similar to a rivet for holding seams of clothing together.
verb (rivets, riveting, riveted) [with object]
join or fasten (plates of metal or other material) with a rivet or rivets:the linings are bonded, not riveted, to the brake shoes for longer wear hold (someone or something) fast so as to make them incapable of movement:the grip on her arm was firm enough to rivet her to the spot attract and completely engross (someone):he was riveted by the reports shown on television direct (one’s eyes or attention) intently:all eyes were riveted on him