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5 definitions found
 for robust
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Robust \Ro*bust"\, a. [L. robustus oaken, hard, strong, fr.
     robur strength, a very hard kind of oak; cf. Skr. rabhas
     violence: cf. F. robuste.]
     1. Evincing strength; indicating vigorous health; strong;
        sinewy; muscular; vigorous; sound; as, a robust body;
        robust youth; robust health.
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     2. Violent; rough; rude.
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              While romp-loving miss
              Is hauled about in gallantry robust.  --Thomson.
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     3. Requiring strength or vigor; as, robust employment.
        --Locke.
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     Syn: Strong; lusty; sinewy; sturdy; muscular; hale; hearty;
          vigorous; forceful; sound.
  
     Usage: Robust, Strong. Robust means, literally, made of
            oak, and hence implies great compactness and toughness
            of muscle, connected with a thick-set frame and great
            powers of endurance. Strong denotes the power of
            exerting great physical force. The robust man can bear
            heat or cold, excess or privation, and toil on through
            every kind of hardship; the strong man can lift a
            great weight, can give a heavy blow, and a hard gripe.
            "Robust, tough sinews bred to toil." --Cowper.
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                  Then 'gan the villain wax so fierce and strong,
                  That nothing may sustain his furious force.
                                                    --Spenser.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  robust
      adj 1: sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction;
             "a robust body"; "a robust perennial" [ant: frail]
      2: marked by richness and fullness of flavor; "a rich ruby
         port"; "full-bodied wines"; "a robust claret"; "the robust
         flavor of fresh-brewed coffee" [syn: full-bodied, racy,
         rich, robust]
      3: strong enough to withstand or overcome intellectual
         challenges or adversity; "the experiment yielded robust
         results"; "a robust faith"
      4: rough and crude; "a robust tale"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  102 Moby Thesaurus words for "robust":
     able-bodied, active, acute, aggressive, animated, athletic, beefy,
     booming, bouncing, brawny, brisk, doughty, dynamic, energetic,
     enterprising, enthusiastic, fit, flavorful, flush, forceful,
     forcible, forcy, fruity, full of pep, full-blooded, full-bodied,
     full-strength, go-go, gutsy, gutty, hale, hale and hearty, hard,
     hard as nails, hardy, healthy, hearty, hefty, husky, impetuous,
     incisive, intense, iron-hard, keen, kinetic, lively, living, lusty,
     mettlesome, mighty, muscular, nervy, nutty, obstinate, peppy,
     potent, powerful, prospering, prosperous, puissant, pungent,
     red-blooded, rich, roaring, robustious, robustuous, rude, rugged,
     sapid, sinewy, smacking, snappy, sound, spanking, spirited,
     stalwart, staunch, steely, stout, strapping, strenuous, strong,
     strong as brandy, strong as strong, strong-willed, sturdy,
     take-charge, take-over, thrifty, thriving, tough, trenchant,
     vibrant, vigorous, vital, vivacious, vivid, well-knit, zestful,
     zesty, zip, zippy
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  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.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  robust
  
     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, opposite: brittle.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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