rivet

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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). Compare river, rival, riparian.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɪvət/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪvət

Noun[edit]

rivet (plural rivets)

2 solid rivets
  1. A cylindrical mechanical fastener that attaches multiple parts together by fitting through a hole and deforming the head(s) at either end.
  2. (figuratively) Any fixed point or certain basis.
  3. (obsolete) A light kind of footman's armour (back-formation from almain-rivet).

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Verb[edit]

rivet (third-person singular simple present rivets, present participle riveting or rivetting, simple past and past participle riveted or rivetted)

  1. (transitive) To attach or fasten parts by using rivets. [from early 15th c.]
  2. (transitive) To install rivets.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To command the attention of. [from c. 1600]
    • 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 6
      The furnishings and other contents of the room it was which riveted his attention. He examined many things minutely — strange tools and weapons, books, paper, clothing — what little had withstood the ravages of time in the humid atmosphere of the jungle coast.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To make firm or immovable.
    Terror riveted him to the spot.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ripa.

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Noun[edit]

rivet m (plural rivets)

  1. rivet (mechanical fastener)

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

rīvet

  1. third-person singular present active subjunctive of rīvō