verb (used with object), rug·ged·ized, rug·ged·iz·ing.
to construct (electronic equipment, cameras, and other delicate instruments) so as to be resistant to shock, vibration, etc.
Also especially British, rug·ged·ise.
Origin of ruggedize
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(tr) to make durable, as for military use
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