|1.||a short metal pin for fastening two or more pieces together, having a head at one end, the other end being hammered flat after being passed through holes in the pieces|
|—vb , -ets, -eting, -eted|
|2.||to join by riveting|
|3.||to hammer in order to form into a head|
|4.||(often passive) to cause to be fixed or held firmly, as in fascinated attention, horror, etc: to be riveted to the spot|
|[C14: from Old French, from river to fasten, fix, of unknown origin]|
headed pin or bolt used as a permanent fastening in metalwork; for several decades it was indispensable in steel construction. A head is formed on the plain end of the pin by hammering or by direct pressure. Cold riveting is practicable for small rivets of copper, brass, aluminum, iron, or steel, but the larger iron and steel rivets have to be heated to secure rapid and easy closing.
Learn more about rivet with a free trial on Britannica.com.