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Definition of rivet verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rivet

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪvɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪvɪt//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rivet
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪvɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪvɪt//
     
    he / she / it rivets
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪvɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪvɪts//
     
    past simple riveted
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪvɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪvɪtɪd//
     
    past participle riveted
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪvɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪvɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form riveting
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪvɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪvɪtɪŋ//
     
    Manufacturing, Showing interest
     
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  1. 1rivet somebody/something to hold somebody’s interest or attention so completely that they cannot look away or think of anything else I was absolutely riveted by her story. My eyes were riveted on the figure lying in the road. Public attention was riveted on this topic on both sides of the Atlantic. See related entries: Showing interest
  2. 2rivet something to fasten something with rivets The steel plates were riveted together. See related entries: Manufacturing
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, from river ‘fix, clinch’, of unknown ultimate origin.Extra examples He started to speak, and everyone was riveted to him. People were absolutely riveted as she described what happened. Public attention was riveted on this topic on both sides of the Atlantic. The portrait on the wall riveted her attention.Idioms
    be riveted to the spot/ground
     
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    to be so shocked or frightened that you cannot move See related entries: Fear
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