A rivet is a metal fastener, a bolt-like device that holds together two pieces of metal or fabric. The round metal fasteners on your favorite pair of jeans are rivets.

Older buildings with metal frames like the Eiffel Tower are held together with rivets, and so are some bridges and military vehicles. Furniture upholstery often involves rivets, too. When you use a rivet to fasten, you can say you rivet — and similarly, to hold attention or captivate is also to rivet. The Old French root is river, "to clench or fasten."

Definitions of rivet
  1. noun
    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
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    a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things
  2. verb
    fasten with a rivet or rivets
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    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  3. verb
    hold (someone's attention)
    “The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists”
    center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore
    direct one's attention on something
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    absorb, engage, engross, occupy
    consume all of one's attention or time
  4. verb
    direct one's attention on something
    synonyms: center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore
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    absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep
    devote (oneself) fully to
    cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression
    focus one's attention on a certain state
    zoom in
    examine closely; focus one's attention on
    hear, listen, take heed
    listen and pay attention
    drink, drink in
    be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to
    bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well
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    cerebrate, cogitate, think
    use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments
  5. noun
    ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as on a vault or shield or belt)
    synonyms: stud
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    decoration, ornament, ornamentation
    something used to beautify
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