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sturdy   WordNet 2.0

- substantially made or constructed
"sturdy steel shelves"
"sturdy canvas"
"a tough all-weather fabric"
"some plastics are as tough as metal"

 
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- having rugged physical strength

- inured to fatigue or hardships
"hardy explorers of northern Canada"
"proud of her tall stalwart son"
"stout seamen"
"sturdy young athletes"

 
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Sturdy   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. Foolishly obstinate or resolute; stubborn; unrelenting; unfeeling; stern.

"This sturdy marquis gan his hearte dress To rue upon her wifely steadfastness." -- Chaucer.

"This must be done, and I would fain see Mortal so sturdy as to gainsay." -- Hudibras.

"A sturdy, hardened sinner shall advance to the utmost pitch of impiety with less reluctance than he took the first steps." -- Atterbury.

2. Resolute, in a good sense; or firm, unyielding quality; as, a man of sturdy piety or patriotism.

3. Characterized by physical strength or force; strong; lusty; violent; as, a sturdy lout.

"How bowed the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!" -- Gray.

4. Stiff; stout; strong; as, a sturdy oak. Milton.

"He was not of any delicate contexture; his limbs rather sturdy than dainty." -- Sir H. Wotton.

Syn. -- Hardy; stout; strong; firm; robust; stiff.

 
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1. A disease in sheep and cattle, marked by great nervousness, or by dullness and stupor.

 
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