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ROBUST', a. [L. robustus, from robur, strength.]

1. Strong; lusty; sinewy; muscular; vigorous; forceful; as a robust body; robust youth. It implies full flesh and sound health.

2. Sound; vigorous; as robust health.

3. Violent; rough; rude.

Romp loving miss is haul'd about in gallantry robust.

4. Requiring strength; as robust employment.

[Note. This is one of the words in which we observe a strong tendency in practice to accentuate the first syllable, as in access; and there are many situations of the word in which this is the preferable pronunciation. Robustious is extremely vulgar, and in the United States nearly obsolete.]



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ROBUST', a. [L. robustus, from robur, strength.]

1. Strong; lusty; sinewy; muscular; vigorous; forceful; as a robust body; robust youth. It implies full flesh and sound health.

2. Sound; vigorous; as robust health.

3. Violent; rough; rude.

Romp loving miss is haul'd about in gallantry robust.

4. Requiring strength; as robust employment.

[Note. This is one of the words in which we observe a strong tendency in practice to accentuate the first syllable, as in access; and there are many situations of the word in which this is the preferable pronunciation. Robustious is extremely vulgar, and in the United States nearly obsolete.]

RO-BUST', a. [L. robustus, from robur, strength.]

  1. Strong; lusty; sinewy; muscular; vigorous; forceful; as, a robust body; robust youth. It implies full flesh and sound health.
  2. Sound; vigorous; as, robust health.
  3. Violent; rough; rude. Romp loving miss / Is haul'd about in gallantry robust. – Thomson.
  4. Requiring strength; as, robust employment. – Locke. Note. This is one of the words in which we observe a strong tendency in practice to accentuate the first syllable, as in access; and there are many situations of the word in which this is the preferable pronunciation. Robustious is extremely vulgar, and in the United States nearly obsolete.

Ro*bust"
  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.

    Locke.

    Syn. -- Strong; lusty; sinewy; sturdy; muscular; hale; hearty; vigorous; forceful; sound. -- 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.
    Spenser.

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Robust

ROBUST', adjective [Latin robustus, from robur, strength.]

1. Strong; lusty; sinewy; muscular; vigorous; forceful; as a robust body; robust youth. It implies full flesh and sound health.

2. Sound; vigorous; as robust health.

3. Violent; rough; rude.

Romp loving miss is haul'd about in gallantry robust

4. Requiring strength; as robust employment.

[Note. This is one of the words in which we observe a strong tendency in practice to accentuate the first syllable, as in access; and there are many situations of the word in which this is the preferable pronunciation. Robustious is extremely vulgar, and in the United States nearly obsolete.]

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