Pronunciation: (riv'it), [key]
—n., v., -et•ed, -et•ing or (esp. Brit.) -et•ted, -et•ting.
a metal pin for passing through holes in two or more plates or pieces to hold them together, usually made with a head at one end, the other end being hammered into a head after insertion.
1. to fasten with a rivet or rivets.
2. to hammer or spread out the end of (a pin, bolt, etc.) in order to form a head and secure something; clinch.
3. to fasten or fix firmly.
4. to hold (the eye, attention, etc.) firmly.
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