See also: Rivet

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French rivet (13th century), from the verb Old French river (to fetter [a person]) (12th century), from Old French rive (rim, edge) (ca. 1100), which is ultimately from Latin ripa (riverbank). Compare river, rival, riparian.

The sense "kind of footman's armour" is a back-formation from almain-rivet which in turn is derived from the English noun.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɪvət/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪvət

NounEdit

rivet (plural rivets)

 
2 solid rivets
  1. A cylindrical mechanical fastener that attaches multiple parts together by fitting through a hole and deforming the head(s) at either end.
  2. (figuratively) Any fixed point or certain basis.
  3. (obsolete) A light kind of footman's armour.

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VerbEdit

rivet (third-person singular simple present rivets, present participle riveting or rivetting, simple past and past participle riveted or rivetted)

  1. (transitive) To attach or fasten parts by using rivets. [from early 15th c.]
  2. (transitive) To install rivets.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To command the attention of. [from c. 1600]
    • 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 6
      The furnishings and other contents of the room it was which riveted his attention. He examined many things minutely — strange tools and weapons, books, paper, clothing — what little had withstood the ravages of time in the humid atmosphere of the jungle coast.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To make firm or immovable.
    Terror riveted him to the spot.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin ripa.

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NounEdit

rivet m (plural rivets)

  1. rivet (mechanical fastener)

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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

rīvet

  1. third-person singular present active subjunctive of rīvō