2. [syn: full-bodied, racy, rich, robust]
3. strong enough to withstand or overcome intellectual challenges or adversity;
- Example: "the experiment yielded robust results"
- Example: "a robust faith"
4. rough and crude;
- Example: "a robust tale"
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.
2. Violent; rough; rude.
While romp-loving miss
Is hauled about in gallantry robust. --Thomson.
3. Requiring strength or vigor; as, robust employment.
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.
Then 'gan the villain wax so fierce and strong,
That nothing may sustain his furious force.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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,
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"
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
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
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.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
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.