Have you ever been totally engrossed in something and your attention is solely focused on that one thing? If so, you might have been witnessing something that is riveting.
Riveting can relate to a conversation, a movie, a book, a song or anything that you are interacting with that requires your attention where that interaction is compelling.
The definition of riveting is therefore (in our opinion) something that draws someone’s attention and creates an emotional response in a compelling way.
Riveting is an adjective.
What is the Meaning of Riveting?
The meaning of riveting is discussed in the Cambridge Dictionary.
The definition of riveting in the Cambridge Dictionary is ‘extremely interesting‘.
Example sentences that contain the word riveting include:
- That was a riveting book; I just could not put it down.
- The movie was riveting.
- The band played riveting music for two hours. I wish that they had played all night.
Please do not get riveting and riveted mixed up. Riveted is a word that describes the fastening of one material to another, for example, a pop-riveted automobile hood (where a pop rivet fastens two pieces of sheet metal).
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