robust


ro·bust

adjective \rō-ˈbəst, ˈrō-(ˌ)bəst\

: strong and healthy

: strongly formed or built

: successful or impressive and not likely to fail or weaken

Full Definition of ROBUST

1
a :  having or exhibiting strength or vigorous health
b :  having or showing vigor, strength, or firmness <a robust debate> <a robust faith>
c :  strongly formed or constructed :  sturdy <a robust plastic>
d :  capable of performing without failure under a wide range of conditions <robust software>
2
:  rough, rude <stories … laden with robust, down-home imagery — Playboy>
3
:  requiring strength or vigor <robust work>
4
:  full-bodied <robust coffee>; also :  hearty <a robust dinner>
5
:  of, relating to, resembling, or being a relatively large, heavyset australopithecine (especially Australopithecus robustus and A. boisei) characterized especially by heavy molars and small incisors adapted to a vegetarian diet — compare gracile 3
ro·bust·ly adverb
ro·bust·ness \-ˈbəs(t)-nəs, -(ˌ)bəs(t)-\ noun

Examples of ROBUST

  1. robust young men and women
  2. He is in robust health.
  3. The sauce has a robust flavor.
  4. If Singapore, just seven miles to the north with its glittering skyline and robust economy, is Southeast Asia's Cinderella, Batam is her dark sister. —Peter Gwin, National Geographic, October 2007

Origin of ROBUST

Latin robustus oaken, strong, from robor-, robur oak, strength
First Known Use: 1533

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