rug·​ged·​ize | \ ˈrə-gə-ˌdīz How to pronounce ruggedize (audio) \
ruggedized; ruggedizing

Definition of ruggedize

transitive verb

: to strengthen (something, such as a machine) for better resistance to wear, stress, and abuse a ruggedized camera

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ruggedization \ ˌrə-​gə-​də-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce ruggedization (audio) \ noun

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Now, Katzschmann and his colleagues have ruggedized SoFi and reinvented its buoyancy control system. National Geographic, "This Wiggly Fish Is the Most Advanced Robot of Its Kind," 21 Mar. 2018 Rugged Monster Mats are there to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous seaside adventure, while the sill plates are similarly ruggedized. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "Best Coast: The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle’s Stylish New Trim Level," 11 Jan. 2018 The Xperia devices have always impressed with their build quality and their forward-looking features like ruggedizing and waterproofing. Maurizio Pesce, WIRED, "Sony Launches New Wearables, Updates Smartphones and Tablets," 3 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of ruggedize

1947, in the meaning defined above

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