Definition of rivet in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈrɪvɪt


  • 1A 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 rectangular plate containing an iron rivet [as modifier]: a device for punching rivet holes
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    • ‘For one, I just went to the hardware store and bought sheet metal, rivets and screws, and bolts and nuts’ he said.
    • For 33 years, Rodia worked single-handedly to build his towers without benefit of machine equipment, scaffolding, bolts, rivets, welds or drawing board designs.
    • The wooden foundations and a prevalence of ground water has caused subsidence ever since, and in 1993 a rivet fell from the metal skeleton.
  • 1.1A rivet-like device for holding seams of clothing together.
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    • At the left is an elegant red chair with cloth fringe and brass rivets and a tiny lectern.
    • Earlier versions are more likely to represent the designer's intentions, and assiduous collectors examine furniture to check that rivets and supports are in the right place, and that materials are correct.

verb (rivets, riveting, riveted)

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  • 1Join or fasten (plates of metal) with a rivet or rivets: the linings are bonded, not riveted, to the brake shoes for longer wear (as adjective riveted) the riveted plates of the floor
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    • Boeing also aims to assemble each 7E7 in three days, compared with the 20 or so it takes to weld and rivet a 767.
    • They would cut these cans in half and others would rivet and weld the feet on to the cans and they were then turned into cooking stoves.
    • The ornate pommel is of Phrygian cap form, made in two parts riveted together at the top.



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  • I have been several times to the North East to write about working lives that were over by the age of 50 when the coal mines closed or welders and riveters were no longer needed on the Tyne.
  • ‘I can't remember the last time I dealt with a welder or a riveter,’ says John Daly, a local training advisor.
  • It was the beginning of almost three years of slave labour, first in Java, then on the Japanese mainland where he became a riveter in the giant Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki.


Middle English: from Old French, from river 'fix, clinch', of unknown ultimate origin.

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