• WordNet 3.6
    • adj robust rough and crude "a robust tale"
    • adj robust sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction "a robust body","a robust perennial"
    • adj robust strong enough to withstand or overcome intellectual challenges or adversity "the experiment yielded robust results","a robust faith"
    • adj robust marked by richness and fullness of flavor "a rich ruby port","full-bodied wines","a robust claret","the robust flavor of fresh-brewed coffee"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Robust Evincing strength; indicating vigorous health; strong; sinewy; muscular; vigorous; sound; as, a robust body; robust youth; robust health.
    • Robust Requiring strength or vigor; as, robust employment. "Then 'gan the villain wax so fierce and strong , That nothing may sustain his furious force ."
    • Robust Violent; rough; rude. "While romp-loving miss
      Is hauled about in gallantry robust ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • robust Having or indicating great strength; strong; lusty; sinewy; muscular; sound; vigorous: as, a robust body; robust youth; robust health.
    • robust Violent; rough; rude.
    • robust Requiring vigor or strength: as, robust employment.
    • robust In zoology, stout; thick: as, a robust joint; robust antennæ. Synonyms Strong, Robust, Lusty, Sturdy, Stalwart, Stout, hale, hearty, brawny, mighty, powerful. Strong is the generic term among these, and is the most widely used in figurative applications. By derivation it means having the power of exerting great muscular force. Robust suggests an oaken strength, hence compactness, toughness, soundness of constitution, blooming health, and good size if not largeness of frame. Lusty characterizes the kind of strength that one enjoys possessing, abounding health, strength, vitality, and spirits. Sturdy suggests compactness and solidity even more than robust does; it expresses a well-knit strength that is hard to shake or resist, standing strongly upon its feet. Stalwart suggests tallness or largeness with great strength or sturdiness. Stout is little different from strong; it sometimes means strong to do or to support burdens: as, a stout defender; a stout porter carrying a heavy trunk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Robust rō-bust′ of great strength or vigour: requiring strength: rude, rough
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Oh! it offends me to the soul to hear a robust periwig-pated fellow, tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “He ate and drank the precious Words, his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, nor that his frame was Dust.”
  • George Eliot
    “The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity; rather, the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.”
  • Alice James
    Alice James
    “It is an immense loss to have all robust and sustaining expletives refined away from one! At. moments of trial refinement is a feeble reed to lean upon.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. robustus, oaken, hard, strong, fr. robur, strength, a very hard kind of oak; cf. Skr. rabhas, violence: cf. F. robuste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. robustusrobur, oak.


In literature:

The feeble and sickly have sometimes intervals of health, and the robust see months of languor and disease.
"Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters" by Various
We had kept the patient with such care that with his clean habits and robust constitution he underwent the operation all right.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
The disease attacks the throat, and turns the normal robust cry of a healthy infant into a feeble squawk.
"The Third Great Plague" by John H. Stokes
The mother, recognisable by her slightly robuster body, takes the place of honour in front.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Others, apparently stronger and more robust, die before the usual term of life is half completed.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
He was robust and active and, like young George Washington, a leader in outdoor sports.
"Stories of Later American History" by Wilbur F. Gordy
It is coloured by delicate imaginative genius as well as by robust and practical worldliness.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
He could endure bodily strain with indifference, though he was not robustly built.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
Alice knew that she was being accused of being robust herself; but she bore it in silence.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
She has always been unusually robust.
"The Holladay Case" by Burton E. Stevenson

In poetry:

"I am not so very robust,
But I'll do the best I can;"
And the seedling from that moment
Its work of life began.
"The Seedling" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
She gave me naught of sordid wealth,
But that which wealth can never be,
Her iron frame and robust health,
Are more than diadems to me.
"Youthful Reminiscences" by David John Scott
Illegibility of this
World. All twice-over. Robust Clocks
agree the Cracked-Hour,
hoarsely. You, clamped in your Depths,
climb out of yourself
for ever.
"Illegibility" by Paul Celan
From Erin's fair Isle to this country he came,
And found brothers and sisters to welcome him here;
Though then but a youth, yet robust seemed his frame,
And life promised fair for many a long year.
"Lines To The Memory Of Patrick Kelley" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
When the robust and Brass-bound Man commissioned first for sea
His fragile raft, Poseidon laughed, and "Mariner," said he,
"Behold, a Law immutable I lay on thee and thine,
That never shall ye act or tell a falsehood at my shrine.
"Poseidon's Law" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Enhanced product info, improved navigation, robust educational content, and more.
According to Steinbeck, the condo-hotel business requires a very robust, scalable and flexible system, and he appreciates that IQware systems are built and supported by hospitality software specialists.
Suppose you're looking for a robust and scalable RAID array solution to store your important enterprise data.
Making Bioprocess Scale-Up More Robust.
McCloskey says its R230 screener is one of the most robust, heavy-duty mobile screeners in the world.
"Businesses involved in buying and selling cotton have found The Seam 's technology to be robust and easy-to-use," explains Phil Burnett, CEO of The Seam .
It was created by researchers to test the robustness of BT's incentives.
McCrea is the declarative voice of a band that came of age at the pinnacle of alt-rock radio and more or less conquered a once-robust industry.
The anti- siphon device, which is on the tank filler neck, features a robust tamper-resistant heavy metal barrier that is a quarter-inch thick.
There has been robust debate about what Tuesday's municipal elec READ.
After showing robust vital signs in the 1990s, test scores have flat-lined in recent years.
A more robust case for hospital cleaning can be presented by considering the evidence for all the stages of the staphylococcal transmission cycle between human beings and their environment.
Utilize this Straightforward but Robust To-Do List Manager Enhanced for Windows 7.
"In the rest of the world the United States is seen as taking a very robust and aggressive line towards tax haven s, " says Sharman.
Some developers may not believe that there is a fundamental problem with Java's robustness.

In science:

Pemantle and Steif introduced the stronger concept of robust phase transition.
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
The 0+ ground state is an example of a robust feature.
Two-Body Random Ensembles: From Nuclear Spectra to Random Polynomials
This method is robust and efficient in case of a relatively small number of parameters.
Characterising a universal cloning machine by maximum-likelihood estimation
These are dominated by the so-called “coherent states”, which are known to be essentially classical in nature, and particulary robust.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
A congruential generator is robust, simple and fast; the theory is reasonably well understood.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem