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 bullet-proof. Carries the additional connotation of elegance in addition to just careful attention to detail. Compare smart, opposite: brittle.

(01 Jul 2002)

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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.

Synonyms: 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." . "Then 'gan the villain wax so fierce and strong, That nothing may sustain his furious force." (Spenser)

Origin: L. Robustus oaken, hard, strong, fr. Robur strength, a very hard kind of oak; cf. Skr. Rabhas violence: cf. F. Robuste.

(01 Mar 1998)

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