rivet (n.) Look up rivet at Dictionary.com
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.
rivet (v.) Look up rivet at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from rivet (n.). Meaning "to command the attention" is from c.1600. Related: Riveted; riveting.