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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

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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To begin riveting, the technician simply connects the gun to the pressure intensifier via a hydraulic hose.
The death-knell for riveting was sounded in 1920 when Cammell Laird launched the Fullagar, the world's first all-welded steel ship.
The time-consuming and labour-intensive process of riveting was replaced by the stronger and more efficient method of welding steel plates.
LOST ART: Rivets are no longer used in shipbuilding; RIVETING DISPLAY: Titanic was kept together with more than three million rivets.
Since the early 1930s when automation was first applied to impact-type riveting, we have seen the evolution of additional riveting processes like the radial and orbital methods, which have greatly improved the precision of riveting and given the user additional capability by permitting them to match the machine to the application.
Without question setting rivets by the impact method process, using solid steel rivets, still produces the most superior fastening joint of any of the riveting processes.
The panel is placed into the correct work height and position, and the first riveting point is found.
A sensor indicates if a rivet is available or not at the riveting head.
Orbital riverting has a number of characteristics that often make it more desirable than other forms of riveting and related fastening processes, including impact heading, flanging, flaring, and swaging.
500 can be headed with a fraction of the force required for staking or impact riveting.
Our primary business is the manufacture and sale of high quality, high value semi-automatic riveting tools and magazines.
ZANN Corp (OTCBB:ZNNC) announced today that the Company has started production of Semi-Automatic Riveting Tools And Magazines.
There are two main product platforms; semi-automatic riveting tools and magazines.
Sartam has a semi-automatic riveting system which can run at more than one rivet/second with a skilled operator.
Simpson - CEO, "We believe this is the most advanced semi-automatic riveting system in the world.