American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective: random movements. See Synonyms at chance.
- adj. Mathematics & Statistics Of or relating to a type of circumstance or event that is described by a probability distribution.
- adj. Of or relating to an event in which all outcomes are equally likely, as in the testing of a blood sample for the presence of a substance.
- idiom. at random Without a governing design, method, or purpose; unsystematically: chose a card at random from the deck.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rushing, as of a torrent; an impetuous course; impetuosity; violence; force: especially with great, as in the phrase a great random, with great speed or force.
- n. A rush; spurt; gush.
- n. A continuous flow of words; a harangue.
- n. An indeterminate course or proceeding; hence, lack of direction, rule, or method; haphazard; chance: used only in the phrase at random—that is, in a haphazard, aimless, and purely fortuitous manner.
- n. The distance traversed by a missile; range; reach.
- Proceeding, taken, done, or existing at random; aimless; fortuitous; haphazard; casual.
- n. Something done or produced without definite method, or with irregular or haphazard effect. In masonry, one of a number of dressed stones of irregular or unmatched sizes. See
random stonework, under I.
- n. In dyeing, clouded yarn. See random yarn, under I.
- n. In mining, the direction of a rake-vein.
- adj. Having unpredictable outcomes and, in the ideal case, all outcomes equally probable; resulting from such selection; lacking statistical correlation.
- adj. mathematics Of or relating to probability distribution.
- adj. computing Pseudorandom in contrast to truly random; mimicking the result of random selection.
- adj. Representative and undistinguished; typical and average; selected for no particular reason.
- adj. Apropos of nothing; lacking context; unexpected; having apparent lack of plan, cause, or reason.
- adj. colloquial Characterized by or often saying random things; habitually using non sequiturs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Force; violence.
- n. A roving motion; course without definite direction; want of direction, rule, or method; hazard; chance; -- commonly used in the phrase
at random, that is, without a settled point of direction; at hazard.
- n. Distance to which a missile is cast; range; reach.
- n. (Mining) The direction of a rake-vein.
- adj. Going at random or by chance; done or made at hazard, or without settled direction, aim, or purpose; hazarded without previous calculation; left to chance; haphazard.
- adj. (Statistics) of, pertaining to, or resulting from a process of selection from a starting set of items, in which the probability of selecting any one object in the starting set is equal to the probability of selecting any other.
- adj. (Construction) of unequal size or shape; made from components of unequal size or shape.
- adj. lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance
- From Middle English raundon, from Old French randon, from randir ("to gallop") ( > French randonnée ("long walk, hike")), from Frankish *rant, *rand ("a running"), from Proto-Germanic *randiō (“a running”), from Proto-Germanic *rinnanan (“to run”), from Proto-Indo-European *ren- (“to rise; to sink”). See run. (Wiktionary)
- From at random, by chance, at great speed, from Middle English randon, speed, violence, from Old French, from randir, to run, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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