Definition of robust
1a : having or exhibiting strength or vigorous healthb : having or showing vigor, strength, or firmness a robust debate a robust faithc : strongly formed or constructed : sturdy a robust plasticd : capable of performing without failure under a wide range of conditions robust software
3 : requiring strength or vigor robust work
5 : relating to, resembling, or being a specialized group of australopithecines characterized especially by heavy molars and small incisors adapted to a vegetarian diet ◆Robust australopithecines are included in the genus Australopithecus along with gracile forms or placed in the separate genus Paranthropus. — compare gracile 3
robustnessplay \-ˈbəs(t)-nəs, -(ˌ)bəs(t)-\ noun
Examples of robust in a Sentence
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
The greatest gains in mine mechanization came in a burst of innovation following World War II, when robust new machines were developed … —Robert L. Marovelli, Scientific American, September 1982
Humfry was a man whom everyone noticed. His stature was above ordinary, his complexion sanguine, his conversation lively, and his constitution robust. —Samuel Eliot Morison, The European Discovery of America, 1971
Why is almost every robust healthy boy with a robust healthy soul in him, at some time or other crazy to go to sea? —Herman Melville, Moby Dick, 1851
robust young men and women
He is in robust health.
The sauce has a robust flavor.
Recent Examples of robust from the Web
Madison remains robust today, with one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the country.
Whereas many musicians stream live via cellphones and spotty connections, Chatel can broadcast superb, professionally mixed audio via the studio's robust broadband connection, ensuring maximum quality.
The salary cap, which is expected to top $100 million in 2017-18 for the first time in league history, is so robust that almost anything can happen.
Only the most robust findings survive peer review and form the basis of today’s scientific consensus.
Antitrust enforcement was robust in these years, but it was increasingly removed from everyday politics.
The county’s housing and child care are more expensive and public transit is more limited, and the social service infrastructure is less robust, said Brent Stewart, CEO of United Way of Greater Kansas City.
Apart from Netflix and Amazon, demand for new types of TV entertainment doesn’t seem robust at the moment, and that could stop future TV experiments from getting out of the gate.
And while college-going is more robust in urban areas like Seattle and Bellevue, there’s a major falloff outside the cities.
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Origin and Etymology of robust
Latin robustus oaken, strong, from robor-, robur oak, strength
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of robust
ROBUST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of robust for English Language Learners
: strong and healthy
: strongly formed or built
: successful or impressive and not likely to fail or weaken
ROBUST Defined for Kids
Definition of robust for Students
: strong and healthy
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