What does the word rivet mean?

Usage examples for rivet

  1. If the rivet holes in the pieces for the double links are not precisely at equal distances, the chain will not be straight, and will, consequently, be unfit for its purpose. – On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures by Charles Babbage
  2. When placed upon the table, with the complete coin upward, they have all the appearance of a pile of ordinary pennies, the slight lateral play allowed by the rivet aiding the illusion. – Healthful Sports for Boys by Alfred Rochefort
  3. Jest clap them on him, hand and foot, Mr. Rolling, and then rivet him to the deck away up forrads. – Mr. Trunnell by T. Jenkins Hains