American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Full of health and strength; vigorous.
- adj. Powerfully built; sturdy. See Synonyms at healthy.
- adj. Requiring or suited to physical strength or endurance: robust labor.
- adj. Rough or crude; boisterous: a robust tale.
- adj. Marked by richness and fullness; full-bodied: a robust wine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having or indicating great strength; strong; lusty; sinewy; muscular; sound; vigorous: as, a robust body; robust youth; robust health.
- Violent; rough; rude.
- Requiring vigor or strength: as, robust employment.
- In zoology, stout; thick: as, a robust joint; robust antennæ. Synonyms Strong, Robust, Lusty, Sturdy, Stalwart, Stout, hale, hearty, brawny, mighty, powerful. Strong is the generic term among these, and is the most widely used in figurative applications. By derivation it means having the power of exerting great muscular force. Robust suggests an oaken strength, hence compactness, toughness, soundness of constitution, blooming health, and good size if not largeness of frame. Lusty characterizes the kind of strength that one enjoys possessing, abounding health, strength, vitality, and spirits. Sturdy suggests compactness and solidity even more than robust does; it expresses a well-knit strength that is hard to shake or resist, standing strongly upon its feet. Stalwart suggests tallness or largeness with great strength or sturdiness. Stout is little different from
strong; it sometimes means strong to do or to support burdens: as, a stout defender; a stout porter carrying a heavy trunk.
- adj. Evincing strength; indicating vigorous health; strong; sinewy; muscular; vigorous; sound; as, a robust body; robust youth; robust health.
- adj. Violent; rough; rude.
- adj. Requiring strength or vigor; as, robust employment.
- adj. Sensible (of intellect etc.); straightforward, not given to or confused by uncertainty or subtlety;
- adj. systems engineering Designed or evolved in such a way as to be resistant to total failure despite partial damage.
- adj. software engineering Resistant or impervious to failure regardless of user input or unexpected conditions.
- adj. statistics Not greatly influenced by errors in assumptions about the distribution of sample errors.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Evincing strength; indicating vigorous health; strong; sinewy; muscular; vigorous; sound.
- adj. Violent; rough; rude.
- adj. Requiring strength or vigor.
- adj. marked by richness and fullness of flavor
- adj. rough and crude
- adj. strong enough to withstand or overcome intellectual challenges or adversity
- adj. sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
- From Latin rōbustus, from rōbur, rōbus ("strength", "hard timber", "oak"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin rōbustus, from rōbur, rōbus, oak, strength; see reudh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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