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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of ruggedize.
  • adj. Modified to be more rugged, and to withstand rough treatment


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  • It's "ruggedized" to survive drops, so it's supposed to have a better chance of surviving the lifestyle of a teenager, or a klutz of any age.

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  • In this case, the search results brought up links to several online dictionaries, all of which assured me that "ruggedized" is indeed a word that means, "the act of making a piece of equipment rugged strengthening to resist wear or abuse."

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  • The laptops -- eight-pound Panasonic Toughbooks that are "ruggedized" to withstand shocks -- are especially awkward for the technicians, who sometimes need to shimmy up poles and work in tight-squeeze locations with the notebooks slung over their shoulders.

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  • Dec. 28, 2007 UPDATE: As one of our blog readers pointed out, the Canon EOS 40D isn't completely "ruggedized" and impervious to all elements.

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  • Most of the equipment was wrecked, but a high-speed camera, which the manufacturer called "ruggedized," had been rugged enough to record the sequence of events before it lost power and fell into the water.

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  • "They aren't the cheapest 'ruggedized' portable drives," Moore said, "but we think it offers the best value on the market."

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  • Austin, Texas-based Motion Inc. showed off a $1,000 "ruggedized" device aimed at physically demanding industries such as construction, healthcare and in-store retail, and built to withstand both the elements and rough handling. - News

  • Virtual Steelheadā„¢ enables customers to deploy Riverbed WAN optimization solutions in a broader range of environments that may have specialized requirements, such as ruggedized environments or environments with space limitations, as well as data centers that have been heavily virtualized.

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  • Whether or not we'll actually ever see such a product remains to be seen -- most "ruggedized" gear is designed to take whatever life dishes out (flamethrowers included), not to get out of the way -- it's an interesting concept nonetheless.


  • It began in the form of a "ruggedized" laptop computer, loaded with data from social-science research conducted in Iraq-such as, McFate said, "an analysis of the eighty-eight tribes and subtribes in a particular province."

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