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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RIVETTED

I tried to turn my eyes away from the scene, but they were rivetted on the spot.

His eyes were rivetted upon it, and he could not remove them.

So close was his head that the two gleaming orbs seemed to be rivetted to us.

My eyes were rivetted upon the doctor's for fully a minute in silence.

By a repetition of vicious acts, evil habits have been formed within us, and have rivetted the fetters of sin.

A Saint Sebastian also, by Guido, rivetted my delighted attention.

Every voice was silenced,—every foot was rivetted there where it stood.

It resembled his own experience, and rivetted his attention.

Thus far, it has rivetted the chains of the slave more closely.

I placed it at all distances, and in all lights; my eyes were rivetted upon it.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, from Old French rivet "nail, rivet," from Old French river "to clench, fix, fasten," possibly from Middle Dutch wriven "turn, grind," related to rive (v.). The English word may be directly from Middle Dutch.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.