rivet ( rivets 3rd person present) ( riveting present participle) ( riveted past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you are riveted by something, it fascinates you and holds your interest completely.
As a child I remember being riveted by my grandfather's appearance... be V-ed
He was riveted to the John Wayne movie... be V-ed to n
The scar on her face had immediately riveted their attention. V n
2 n-count A rivet is a short metal pin with a flat head which is used to fasten flat pieces of metal together.
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