robust

[roh-buhst, roh-buhst]
adjective
1.
strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous: a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind.
2.
strongly or stoutly built: his robust frame.
3.
suited to or requiring bodily strength or endurance: robust exercise.
4.
rough, rude, or boisterous: robust drinkers and dancers.
5.
rich and full-bodied: the robust flavor of freshly brewed coffee.
6.
strong and effective in all or most situations and conditions: The system requires robust passwords that contain at least one number or symbol. Our goal is to devise robust statistical methods.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin rōbustus oaken, hard, strong, equivalent to rōbus-, stem of rōbur oak, strength + -tus adj. suffix

robustly, adverb
robustness, noun
unrobust, adjective
unrobustly, adverb
unrobustness, noun


1. powerful, sound. 4. coarse, rambunctious.


1. feeble. 2. weak.
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robust (rəʊˈbʌst, ˈrəʊbʌst)
 
adj
1.  strong in constitution; hardy; vigorous
2.  sturdily built: a robust shelter
3.  requiring or suited to physical strength: a robust sport
4.  (esp of wines) having a rich full-bodied flavour
5.  rough or boisterous
6.  (of thought, intellect, etc) straightforward and imbued with common sense
 
[C16: from Latin rōbustus, from rōbur an oak, strength]
 
ro'bustly
 
adv

robustness (rəʊˈbʌstnɪs)
 
n
1.  the quality of being robust
2.  computing the ability of a computer system to cope with errors during execution

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robust
1549, from L. robustus "strong and hardy," originally "oaken," from robur, robus "hard timber, strength," also "a special kind of oak," named for its reddish heartwood, from L. ruber "red" (cf. robigo "rust"). Robustious (1548) was a common form in 17c. (cf. "Hamlet" iii.2); it fell from use by mid-18c.,
but was somewhat revived by mid-19c. antiquarian writers.
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Slang Dictionary

robust

adj. Said of a system that has demonstrated an ability to recover gracefully from the whole range of exceptional inputs and situations in a given environment. One step below bulletproof. Carries the additional connotation of elegance in addition to just careful attention to detail. Compare smart, oppose brittle.
Example sentences
It redefined modern dance, adding energy, robustness and physicality to
  traditional restrained moves.
His robustness, his optimism, and his fearlessness unsettled people.
But this prized robustness is also a serious limitation.
One way to check the robustness of a species, he tells me, is to track
  reproduction rates.
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