Rivet meaning

rĭvĭt
A metal bolt or pin with a head on one end, used to fasten plates or beams together by passing it through holes in them and then hammering down the plain end into a head so as to lock it in place.
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The definition of a rivet is a metal bolt that is hammered to secure pieces together.

An example of a rivet is a metal piece for securing two pieces of metal together.

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A metal bolt or pin having a head on one end, inserted through aligned holes in the pieces to be joined and then hammered on the plain end so as to form a second head.
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To fasten or secure, especially with a rivet or rivets.
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To hammer and bend or flatten the headless end of (a nail or bolt) so as to fasten something.
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A similar device used to fasten or strengthen seams, as on work clothes.
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To fasten with a rivet or rivets.
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To hammer or spread the end of (a bolt, etc.) into a head, for fastening something.
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To fasten or secure firmly.
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To fix or hold (the eyes, attention, etc.) firmly.
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A cylindrical mechanical fastener that attaches multiple parts together by fitting through a hole and deforming the head(s) at either end.
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(figuratively) Any fixed point or certain basis.
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To attach or fasten parts by using rivets.
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To install rivets.
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To command the attention of.
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Rivet is defined as to secure things together, especially with a hammer.

An example of to rivet is to hammer a metal pin through two pieces of metal to to join them together.

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Origin of rivet

  • Middle English from Old French river to attach

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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, ripuarian.

    From Wiktionary