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riveted

verb

  1. (think)  to direct one's attention on something
    Synonyms: center [American spelling], centre [British/Canadian spelling], concentrate, focus, pore...
  2. (fasten)  to fasten with a rivet or rivets
    Type of: fasten
  3. (absorb)  to hold (someone's attention)
    Type of: absorb. Similar to: concentrate

Etymology summary

from Old French, from river to fasten, fix, of unknown origin
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wiktionary:

rivet | rivets [plural] | riveted [past tense] | rivetted [past tense] | riveting [present participle] | rivetting [present participle]

A cylindrical mechanical fastener that attaches multiple parts together by fitting through a hole and deforming the head(s) at either end. | [figurative] any fixed point or certain basis | [obsolete] a light kind of footman's armour (back-formation... (36 of 72 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rivet

Collins Dictionary:

riveted | rivet | fascinated [synonym, sense-specific] | transfixed [synonym, sense-specific] | riveter [noun, derived]

fascinated; transfixed | a short metal pin for fastening two or more pieces together, having a head at one end, the other end being hammered flat ... (25 of 491 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/riveted

rivet | riveter [noun, derived]

a short metal pin for fastening two or more pieces together, having a head ... | to join by riveting | to hammer in order to form into a head | [often ... (29 of 441 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rivet

Macmillan British Dictionary:

rivet [transitive] | riveted [past tense] | riveting [present participle] | rivets [3rd-person singular present] | be riveted by/to something | be riveted on/to someone/something | be riveted to the spot

to join two things together with rivets | "be riveted by/to something": to interest someone so much that they pay complete attention | "be riveted ... (23 of 122 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rivet

rivet [countable, noun] | rivets [plural]

a metal pin used for joining pieces of metal together (10 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rivet 5

Random House Dictionary:

rivet | riveted [past tense] | riveting [past participle] | rivetted [British, past participle] | rivetting [present participle]

a metal pin for passing through holes in two or more plates or pieces to ... | to fasten with a rivet or rivets. | to hammer or spread out the end of ... (31 of 96 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/rivet

American Heritage Dictionary:

rivet | riveted [past tense] | riveting [present participle] | rivets [3rd-person singular present] | riveter [noun, related]

A metal bolt or pin having a head on one end, inserted through aligned ... | To fasten or secure with or as if with a rivet. | To hammer the headless ... (30 of 95 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rivet

Wikipedia:

Rivet | Rivets

a permanent mechanical fastener. Before being installed a rivet consists of a smooth cylindrical shaft with a head on one end. The end opposite the head is called the buck-tail. On installation the rivet is placed in a punched or drilled hole, and the ... (44 of 4230 words, 14 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Rivet

Rivet (disambiguation)

a mechanical fastener. Rivet or rivets may also refer to: Rivet (surname), a list of people so named | Apache Rivet, a computer programming language | Rivet (software), Mac/ Xbox 360 networking software | Rivet High School (Vincennes, Indiana), a Roman... (38 of 121 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Rivet (disambiguation)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

rivet [building technology]

headed pin or bolt used as a permanent fastening in metalwork; for several decades it was indispensable in steel construction. A head is formed on the ... (26 of 214 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/504956​/rivet

Columbia Encyclopedia:

rivet

headed metal pin or bolt whose shaft is passed through holes in two or more pieces of metal, wood, plastic, or other material in order to unite them ... (28 of 309 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0842021​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

rivet | riveted [past tense] | riveting [present participle] | rivets [3rd-person singular present] | riveter [derived]

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 rivet-like ... (27 of 220 words, 6 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rivet

Merriam-Webster:

rivet [entry 1, noun]

a headed pin or bolt of metal used for uniting two or more pieces by passing the shank through a hole in each piece and then beating or pressing down ... (30 of 87 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rivet

rivet [entry 2, verb] | center [synonym, sense-specific] | fasten [synonym, sense-specific] | focus [synonym, sense-specific] | concentrate [synonym, sense-specific] | train [synonym, sense-specific] | aim [similar, sense-specific] | direct [similar, sense-specific] | home [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to fasten with or as if with rivets | to upset the end or point of (as a metallic pin, rod, or bolt) by beating or pressing so as to form a head | to ... (33 of 132 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rivet show=1

New World Dictionary:

rivet | riveter [noun, related]

a metal bolt or pin with a head on one end, used to fasten plates or beams ... | a similar device used to fasten or strengthen seams, as on work ... (30 of 109 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rivet

Cambridge Dictionary:

rivet [entry 1]

a metal pin used to fasten flat pieces of metal or other thick materials such as leather (17 of 22 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rivet 1

rivet [entry 2] | be riveted

to fasten together with a rivet | "be riveted": to not be able to stop looking at something because it's so interesting or frightening (23 of 69 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rivet 2

Encarta Dictionary:

rivet | rivets [plural] | riveted [past tense] | riveting [present participle]

a fastener with a head attached to a metal shaft that is passed through a hole in a material and flattened on the other side | to fix or direct the ... (30 of 124 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861705625​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

riveted | rivet

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French, from river to fasten, fix, of unknown origin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/riveted

Online Etymology:

rivet

First use: about 1400

Origin: Old French rivet, possibly from Middle Dutch wriven "turn, grind". The English word may be directly from Middle Dutch The verb is ... (24 of 46 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=rivet

Wiktionary:

rivet | rivets [plural] | riveted [past tense] | rivetted [past tense] | riveting [present participle] | rivetting [present participle]

Origin: Old French rivet (13th century), from a verb river "to fetter [a person]" (12th century), from rive "rim, edge" (about 1100), which is ultimately from Latin ripa "riverbank".

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rivet

New World Dictionary:

rivet

Origin: Middle English ryvette from Middle French rivet from river, to clinch from unknown origin

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rivet

Oxford Dictionary:

rivet | riveted [past tense] | riveting [present participle] | rivets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French, from river "fix, clinch", of unknown ultimate origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rivet

American Heritage Dictionary:

rivet | riveted [past tense] | riveting [present participle] | rivets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French river, to attach.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rivet

Merriam-Webster:

rivet [entry 1, noun]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, clinch on a nail, rivet, from Old French, from river to attach, rivet, probably from rive border, edge, bank, from Latin ripa

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rivet

Encarta Dictionary:

rivet | rivets [plural] | riveted [past tense] | riveting [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French from river "fasten"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861705625​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

rivet

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rivet"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rivet

Macmillan British Dictionary:

rivet [transitive] | riveted [past tense] | riveting [present participle] | rivets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "rivet"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rivet

rivet [countable, noun] | rivets [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "rivet"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rivet 5

Macmillan American Dictionary:

rivet [transitive] | riveted [past tense] | riveting [present participle] | rivets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rivet"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/rivet

rivet [countable, noun] | rivets [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rivet"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/rivet 5

Cambridge Dictionary:

rivet [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "rivet"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "rivet"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rivet 2

the Free Dictionary:

rivet

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "rivet"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "rivet"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "rivet" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/rivet

Google Dictionary:

rivet | rivets [plural] | riveted [past tense] | riveting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "rivet"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

rivet

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rivet"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=rivet​001 word=rivet

YourDictionary Audio:

rivet

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rivet" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rivet

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