- strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous: a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind.
- strongly or stoutly built: his robust frame.
- suited to or requiring bodily strength or endurance: robust exercise.
- rough, rude, or boisterous: robust drinkers and dancers.
- rich and full-bodied: the robust flavor of freshly brewed coffee.
- 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 of robust
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Examples from the Web for robust
Robust work in this area is coming from Jeffrey Gordon lab at Washington University in St. Louis.‘Good Poop’ Diet Is the Next Big Thing
October 7, 2014
But the malpractice system is not robust in China, and patients feel powerless.Will US Health Care Follow in China’s Bloody Footsteps?
September 21, 2014
To this end, a robust Special Operations Forces presence beyond simply a modest advisory effort should be sent to Iraq.Lessons From Fallujah, Then and Now
Dr. Daniel R. Green
July 26, 2014
It was robust, easy to move around, relatively simple to operate, and deadly in its accuracy.Russia’s Missiles Stung the World Long Before MH17
July 20, 2014
Several others claim to have seen a robust figure wearing a hat and a poncho crouched against a table in the library.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
We are creating a nation once again vibrant, robust, and alive.
To the widow of Mr Verloc the robust anarchist was like a radiant messenger of life.
And the robust anarchist, hanging his head on his breast, fell into a long reverie.
She made a perfect figure of robust health and vigorous purpose.The Law-Breakers
If I had never had a trouble before I had one now—large, stalwart, robust.The First Violin
- strong in constitution; hardy; vigorous
- sturdily builta robust shelter
- requiring or suited to physical strengtha robust sport
- (esp of wines) having a rich full-bodied flavour
- rough or boisterous
- (of thought, intellect, etc) straightforward and imbued with common sense
Word Origin and History for robust
1540s, from Middle French robuste (14c.) and directly from Latin robustus "strong and hardy," literally "as strong as oak," originally "oaken," from robur, robus "hard timber, strength," also "a special kind of oak," named for its reddish heartwood, from Latin ruber "red" (cf. robigo "rust"), from PIE *reudh- (see red (adj.1)). Related: Robustly; robustness. Robustious (1540s) 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.