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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Riv·et, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Riveted; p. pr. & vb. n. Riveting.]
 1. To fasten with a rivet, or with rivets; as, to rivet two pieces of iron.
 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.
 3. Hence, to fasten firmly; to make firm, strong, or immovable; as, to rivet friendship or affection.
    Rivet and nail me where I stand, ye powers!   --Congreve.
    Thus his confidence was riveted and confirmed.   --Sir W. Scott.