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rivet counter

Someone who demands an exceptionally or unreasonably high level of minute detail or accuracy in something. Used especially in reference to hobbyists, particularly in the field of model train building. I might be considered a rivet counter by others, but I'm particularly proud of the level of detail that goes into my model sets. I can't stand seeing movies with a rivet counter like Jerry. After every film, he just sits there listing all the factual inaccuracies in it rather than just enjoying the darn thing!
See also: counter, rivet

rivet the eyes on

To stare or gape at something. Often used as an imperative. Rivet the eyes on this—my first A in Chemistry!
See also: eye, on, rivet

be riveted to the spot

To be immobilized by fear or surprise. A: "Why didn't you move when that dog lunged at you?" B: "I don't know, I was just riveted to the spot!" A: "Why didn't you move when that dog lunged at you?" B: "I don't know, I was just riveted to the spot!"
See also: rivet, spot

be riveted to the ground

To be immobilized by fear or surprise. A: "Why didn't you move when that dog lunged at you?" B: "I don't know, I was just riveted to the ground!"
See also: ground, rivet

rivet one's gaze on someone or something

 and rivet one's glare on someone or something
Fig. to fasten one's gaze onto someone or something. (As if it were attached by rivets.) He riveted his gaze on the surly young man. Walter riveted his hateful glare on the last page of the contract and sneered.
See also: gaze, on, rivet

rivet someone's attention

Fig. to keep someone's attention fixed [on something]. The movie riveted the audience's attention. Professor Jones's lecture riveted the students' attention.
See also: attention, rivet

rivet something on(to) something

 and rivet something on
to attach something to something with rivets. The pockets of these jeans are riveted onto the body of the pants. You should rivet on this part of the frame to the wall.
See also: on, rivet

riveted to the ground

Fig. [of someone or someone's feet] unable to move. I was riveted to the ground out of fear. My feet were riveted to the ground and I could not move an inch.
See also: ground, rivet

be ˌriveted to the ˈspot/ˈground

be so shocked or frightened that you cannot move: As he walked away, she wanted to run after him but she felt frozen, riveted to the spot.
See also: ground, rivet, spot


n. dollars; money. (From copper rivets.) You got enough rivets on you for a snack?
See also: rivet
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Strength of Self-Piercing Riveted Joints for Cfrp / Aluminium Sheets," 18 Th Int.
t between the riveted components and contact the rivet for the entire length of the inspection area (at each rivet, in other words), the receiver is condemned.
There are also examples of plates riveted together.
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Even brittle or fragile materials can be riveted since small forces are involved in the process, and the high speed of liquid riveting leaves heat-sensitive materials undamaged.
She later riveted B-17 bomb bays, the part of the plane that carried 500-pound bombs to be dropped on Nazi factories.
There are no riveted ships anymore, yet 40 to 50 a year are lost," he reports.
Typical parts being riveted today with orbital methods include automotive door locks, door hinges, seating parts, seat belts, shock absorbers, torque converters, clutch plates, and air bag assemblies.
The conveyor availability shortfall at Sigma was resolved in two stages, first applying a solid-plate riveted fastener on the trunk conveyor system, then using its hinged-plate counterpart on the mining section conveyor systems.
Dedicated belt crews, computer monitoring, riveted splices keep conveyor availability high at world's largest trona mine
The Snag Free(TM) interior design 80K psi lining panels are "squeeze" riveted to both the outer skin and side posts, forming a snag free, high-strength sandwich panel with fully recessed fasteners that won't work loose, ensuring greater durability.
In a largely different style of experiment involving the coated rivets and their galvanic interaction with surrounding magnesium, the scanning vibrating electrode technique (SVET) was employed, permitting an "in situ" determination of the coupling between any particular rivet and adjacent magnesium as might be encountered in an actual riveted joint.