"riveting" in the verb sense
1. concentrate, focus, center, centre, pore, rivet
direct one's attention on something
"Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
fasten with a rivet or rivets
hold (someone's attention
"The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"
"riveting" in the adjective sense
1. absorbing, engrossing, fascinating, gripping, riveting
capable of arousing and holding the attention
"a fascinating story"
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