robust[rō bust′, rō′bust′]
- The definition of robust is a strong and healthy person or animal, something rich and full of flavor or an activity that requires someone strong and healthy to complete.
- An example of robust is a winning race horse.
- An example of robust is strong coffee.
- An example of robust is masonry work.
- strong and healthy; full of vigor; hardy
- strongly built or based; muscular or sturdy
- suited to or requiring physical strength or stamina: robust work
- rough; coarse; boisterous
- full and rich, as in flavor: a robust port wine
Origin of robustClassical Latin robustus, oaken, hard, strong ; from robur, hard variety of oak, hardness, strength, earlier robus, probably akin to ruber, red
- Full of health and strength; vigorous. See Synonyms at healthy.
- Powerfully built; sturdy: a robust body.
- Requiring or characterized by much strength or energy: a robust workout.
- a. Active or dynamic: a robust debate; a robust economy.b. Working in an effective way; effective or productive: a robust search engine; a robust hypothesis.
- Marked by richness and fullness; full-bodied: a robust wine.
- Substantial in amount: robust gains in stock prices.
- Rough or crude; coarse: a robust tale.
Origin of robustLatin rōbustus, from rōbur, rōbus, oak, strength; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative robuster, superlative robustest)
- Evincing strength; indicating vigorous health; strong; sinewy; muscular; vigorous; sound; as, a robust body; robust youth; robust health.
- He was a robust man of six feet four.
- Violent; rough; rude.
- Requiring strength or vigor; as, robust employment.
- Sensible (of intellect etc.); straightforward, not given to or confused by uncertainty or subtlety;
- (systems engineering) Designed or evolved in such a way as to be resistant to total failure despite partial damage.
- (software engineering) Resistant or impervious to failure regardless of user input or unexpected conditions.
- (statistics) Not greatly influenced by errors in assumptions about the distribution of sample errors.
- "More" and "most robust" are much more common than the forms ending in "-er" or "-est".
From Latin rōbustus, from rōbur, rōbus (“strength", "hard timber", "oak”).
robust - Computer Definition
Refers to software without bugs that handles abnormal conditions well. It is often said that there is no software package totally bug free. Any program can exhibit odd behavior under certain conditions, but a robust program will not lock up the computer, cause damage to data or send the user through an endless chain of dialog boxes without purpose. Whether or not a program can be totally bug free will be debated forever. See industrial strength.