rivet

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."

Primary Meanings of rivet

1.
nv
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
fasten with a rivet or rivets
2.
v
hold (someone's attention)
3.
n
ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as on a vault or shield or belt)
Full Definitions of rivet
1

n 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

Type of:
pin
a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things

v fasten with a rivet or rivets

Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached
2

v hold (someone's attention)

“The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists”
Synonyms:
center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore
direct one's attention on something
Type of:
absorb, engage, engross, occupy
consume all of one's attention or time

v direct one's attention on something

Synonyms:
center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore
Types:
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absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep
devote (oneself) fully to
recall
cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression
think
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
incline
bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well
Type of:
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
3

n ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as on a vault or shield or belt)

Synonyms:
stud
Type of:
decoration, ornament, ornamentation
something used to beautify

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