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 for rivet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rivet \Riv"et\, n. [F., fr. river to rivet; perh. fr. Icel. rifa
     to fasten together. Cf. Reef part of a sail.]
     A metallic pin with a head, used for uniting two plates or
     pieces of material together, by passing it through them and
     then beating or pressing down the point so that it shall
     spread out and form a second head; a pin or bolt headed or
     clinched at both ends.
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           With busy hammers closing rivets up. --Shak.
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     Rivet joint, or Riveted joint, a joint between two or
        more pieces secured by rivets.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rivet \Riv"et\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Riveted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To fasten with a rivet, or with rivets; as, to rivet two
        pieces of iron.
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     2. To spread out the end or point of, as of a metallic pin,
        rod, or bolt, by beating or pressing, so as to form a sort
        of head.
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     3. Hence, to fasten firmly; to make firm, strong, or
        immovable; as, to rivet friendship or affection.
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              Rivet and nail me where I stand, ye powers!
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              Thus his confidence was riveted and confirmed. --Sir
                                                    W. Scott.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as
           on a vault or shield or belt) [syn: stud, rivet]
      2: 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
      v 1: direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your
           studies and not on your hobbies" [syn: concentrate,
           focus, center, centre, pore, rivet]
      2: fasten with a rivet or rivets
      3: hold (someone's attention); "The discovery of the skull
         riveted the paleontologists"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  45 Moby Thesaurus words for "rivet":
     affix, articulate, attach, batten, batten down, bolt, buckle, butt,
     button, clasp, cleat, clip, concenter, concentrate, dovetail, fix,
     fixate, focus, hasp, hinge, hitch, hook, jam, joint, latch, lock,
     miter, mortise, nail, peg, pin, put, rabbet, scarf, screw, sew,
     skewer, snap, staple, stick, stitch, tack, toggle, wedge, zipper

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