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 rectangular plate containing an iron rivet [as modifier]:a device for punching rivet holes
a rivet-like device for holding seams of clothing together.
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
2fix (someone or something) so as to make them incapable of movement:the grip on her arm was firm enough to rivet her to the spot
attract and completely engross (someone):he was riveted by the newsreels shown on television
direct (one’s eyes or attention) intently:all eyes were riveted on him