- An example of random is when you close your eyes and choose one of two options.
- An example of random is violence where the criminal doesn't care who the victim is and has no reason for his action.
Origin of randomMiddle English randoun from Old French randon, violence, speed (in a randon, violently) from randir, to run violently from Frankish an unverified form rant, a running, akin to Old High German rinnan, to run
- lacking aim or method; purposeless; haphazard
- not uniform; esp., of different sizes: said of stones, etc. in certain types of masonry
- Statistics of statistical sample selection in which all possible samples have equal probability of selection
- Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective: random movements. See Synonyms at chance.
- Mathematics & Statistics Of or relating to a type of circumstance or event that is described by a probability distribution.
- 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.
Origin of randomFrom at random by chance, at great speed from Middle English randon, random speed, violence, surge from Old French randon from randir to run probably from Frankish rand border, margin (as of a field, used as a racecourse) akin to German Rand edge
- A roving motion; course without definite direction; lack of rule or method; chance.
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- For courageously the two kings newly fought with great random and force.
- (figuratively, colloquial) An undefined, unknown or unimportant person; a person of no consequence. [from 20th c.]
- The party was boring. It was full of randoms.
- (mining) The direction of a rake-vein.
(comparative more random, superlative most random)
- Having unpredictable outcomes and, in the ideal case, all outcomes equally probable; resulting from such selection; lacking statistical correlation.
- The flip of a fair coin is purely random.
- The newspaper conducted a random sample of five hundred American teenagers.
- The results of the field survey look random by several different measures.
- (mathematics) Of or relating to probability distribution.
- A toss of loaded dice is still random, though biased.
- (computing) Pseudorandom in contrast to truly random; mimicking the result of random selection.
- The rand function generates a random number from a seed.
- (somewhat colloquial) Representative and undistinguished; typical and average; selected for no particular reason.
- A random American off the street couldn't tell the difference.
- (somewhat colloquial) Apropos of nothing; lacking context; unexpected; having apparent lack of plan, cause, or reason.
- That was a completely random comment.
- The teacher's bartending story was interesting, but random.
- The narrative takes a random course.
- (colloquial) Characterized by or often saying random things; habitually using non sequiturs.
- You're so random!
From Middle English raundon, from Old French randon, from randir (“to gallop") (whence French randonnÃ©e (“long walk, hike")), from Frankish *rant, *rand (“a running"), from Proto-Germanic *randijÅ (“a running"), from Proto-Germanic *rinnanÄ… (“to run"), from Proto-Indo-European *ren- (“to rise; to sink"). See run.