What is rivet?

  • (verb): Hold (someone's attention).
    Example: "The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"
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A rivet is a permanent mechanical fastener. Before being installed a rivet consists of a smooth cylindrical shaft with a head on one end. The end opposite the head is called the buck-tail. On installation the rivet is placed in a punched or drilled hole, and the tail is upset, or bucked (i.e., deformed), so that it expands to about 1.5 times the original shaft diameter, holding the rivet in place. To distinguish between the two ends of the rivet, the original head is called the factory head and the deformed end is called the shop head or buck-tail.

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... Rivet is a mechanist, a secretive and highly elusive crew that specialize in powerful grey draconium gear ...
Rivet Gun - Types - Squeeze Riveter
... This gun is different from the above rivet guns in that the air pressure is used to provide a squeezing action that compresses the rivet from both sides rather than ... properly adjusted, the squeeze riveter will produce very uniform rivet bucks ...
Riveting Machines - Types - Impact Riveting
... Impact riveting machines set the rivet by driving the rivet downwards, through the materials to be joined and on into a forming tool (known as a rollset) ... This action causes the end of the rivet to roll over in the rollset which causes the end of the rivet to flare out and thus join the materials together ...
Serenity Rose - Characters - Rivet Hed and Skarsdayle
... a hardcore punk singer for the band Nyarlathotep, Skarsdayle is Rivet Hed's manager ... Rivet Hed is provided with Curse and girls by her, and thus she calls herself the "Candy Man" ... very interested in using Sera's creativity to improve Rivet Hed's show which she feels has become stagnant, but Sera denied the offer, leaving Skarsdayle quite disappointed ...
Louis-Alfred-Adhémar Rivet
... Louis-Alfred-Adhémar Rivet (September 15, 1873 – January 14, 1951) was a Canadian lawyer and politician ... He was a practicing lawyer in the law firm of Rivet, Robillard Tetrault ...

More definitions of "rivet":

  • (verb): Fasten with a rivet or rivets.
  • (noun): Heavy pin having a head at one end and the other end being hammered flat after being passed through holes in the pieces that are fastened together.
  • (noun): Ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as on a vault or shield or belt).
    Synonyms: stud

Famous quotes containing the word rivet:

    Time has an undertaking establishment on every block and drives his coffin nails faster than the steam riveters rivet or the stenographers type or the tickers tick out fours and eights and dollar signs and ciphers.
    John Dos Passos (1896–1970)

    Every nail driven should be as another rivet in the machine of the universe, you carrying on the work.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)