rivet (something) to (someone or something)

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rivet (something) to (someone or something)

1. To attach or fasten something very securely to something else, with or as with rivets. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rivet" and "to." We'll need to rivet a new handle to the door as soon as possible. They riveted a makeshift ladder to the side of the house.
2. To focus one's attention or gaze on someone or something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "rivet" and "to." I riveted my gaze on the television as the final seconds of the game ticked away. I don't think I could handle celebrity. Having thousands of people rivet their attention on me every day sounds like a nightmare. As I stood atop the Empire State Building, my eyes were riveted to the tiny specks of people on the ground below.
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All this time, I was getting on towards the river; but however fast I went, I couldn't warm my feet, to which the damp cold seemed riveted, as the iron was riveted to the leg of the man I was running to meet.
Equally unable to fly or to advance, he stood riveted to the spot, until the infatuation became so complete, that the worthy naturalist was beginning, by a desperate effort of scientific resolution, even to class the different specimens.
Coming out of the container, each panel consists of a 0.060- to 0.200-inch-thick outer skin, a series of longitudinal stringers, or "longerons," that have been riveted to the outer skin, rows of radial tear strips (which stop the outer skin from ripping in the event it is punctured), and an array of L- and T-shaped shear clips that have been riveted to the longerons.