Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character or state of being rugged.

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  • noun The state of being, or degree to which something is rugged.

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  • noun the quality of being difficult to do
  • noun the property of being big and strong
  • noun the quality of being topologically uneven

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Examples

  • This anchorage is a wonderful place; the water is extremely deep, and the rocks which bound the coast exceed in ruggedness and boldness of outline any that I ever saw before.

    Journal Kept During The Russian War: From The Departure Of The Army From England In April 1854, To The Fall Of Sebastopol

  • The musical ideas of those of the compositions that are finely realized recall the ruggedness and hardiness and starkness of things that persist in the Finnish winter.

    Musical Portraits Interpretations of Twenty Modern Composers

  • It does not represent one particular era or historical event, but the idea of ruggedness and perserverance.

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  • For now, he says on-line tools like Spreadsheet or thinkfree.com's suite of products will have to become more durable to meet the "ruggedness" enterprise users are accustomed to under Microsoft's Office applications.

    Microsoft Seen Beating Google In Spreadsheet Battle

  • In no other part of the country are the minor inequalities of surface so frequent as in New England: I allude to that sort of ruggedness which is unfavorable to any "mammoth" system of agriculture, and plainly evinces that Nature and Providence have designed this part of the country for free and independent labor.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 46, August, 1861

  • Unfortunately, the young men of 1793 have not yet arrived at that painful experience, that implacable hate, that athletic ruggedness which is to sustain them in

    The French Revolution - Volume 2

  • Is there more "ruggedness" (by whatever term) in the G-series than in say the A-series?

    News: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • Additionally, one of the most important factors among new truck buyers is "ruggedness," and Ford has claimed the Most Rugged Truck Brand title among consumers for two years running.

    Autoblog

  • Additionally, one of the most important factors among new truck buyers is "ruggedness," and Ford has claimed the Most Rugged Truck Brand title among consumers for two years running.

    Autoblog

  • In a 1948 entry here, attacking an essay in praise of "rugged individualism" by Colgate University President George B. Cutten, Rothbard was already arguing that stressing the "ruggedness" of individualism (especially linked to a pop-Darwinianism that sees moral and absolute value in the survival results of blind evolution) would be a bad road for libertarians to take.

    Reason Magazine

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