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rand1

[rand] /rænd/
noun
1.
(in shoemaking) a strip of leather set in a shoe at the heel before the lifts are attached.
2.
British Dialect.
  1. a strip or long slice.
  2. a border or margin.
verb (used with object)
3.
to provide (footwear) with rands.
Origin of rand1
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German rand border, margin

rand2

[rand] /rænd/
noun
1.
a coin and monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa, equal to 100 cents.
Abbreviation: R.
Origin
1960-65; < Afrikaans, after The Rand (Witwatersrand), a major gold mining area

Rand

[rand] /rænd/
noun
1.
Ayn
[ahyn] /aɪn/ (Show IPA),
1905–82, U.S. novelist and essayist, born in Russia.

Witwatersrand

[wit-waw-terz-rand, -wot-erz-] /ˈwɪtˌwɔ tərzˌrænd, -ˌwɒt ərz-/
noun
1.
a rocky ridge in S Africa, in the Republic of South Africa, near Johannesburg.
Also called The Rand.

Rand, The

[rand] /rænd/
noun
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  • Except a batch of three Shangaans returning from the rand, I had nobody in the store for the whole of one day.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • "I see you are practical and understand what we want, Mr. rand," he said.

    Chester Rand Horatio Alger, Jr
  • Ruth started convulsively, and rand answered his look with a confirming pressure of his hand.

  • In no other way could she remain in the office of Carter, rand & Seagraves.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • rand and he, passing, lifted their hats, but they did not speak.

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for rand

rand1

/rænd; rɒnt/
noun
1.
the standard monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa, divided into 100 cents
Word Origin
C20: from Afrikaans, shortened from Witwatersrand, referring to the gold-mining there; related to rand²

rand2

/rænd/
noun
1.
(shoemaking) a leather strip put in the heel of a shoe before the lifts are put on
2.
(dialect)
  1. a strip or margin; border
  2. a strip of cloth; selvage
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old High German rant border, rim of a shield, Old Norse rönd shield, rim

Rand

/rænd/
noun
1.
the Rand, short for Witwatersrand

Witwatersrand

/wɪtˈwɔːtəzˌrænd; Afrikaans vətˈvɑːtərsˈrant/
noun
1.
a rocky ridge in NE South Africa: contains the richest gold deposits in the world, also coal and manganese; chief industrial centre is Johannesburg. Height: 1500–1800 m (5000–6000 ft) Also called the Rand, the Reef
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Word Origin and History for rand
n.

"rocky ridge overlooking a river valley," 1839, South African English, from Afrikaans, from Dutch rand "edge, margin," cognate with Old English rand "brink, bank." As a unit of currency, adopted by the Republic of South Africa in 1961 (see Krugerrand). Johnson's dictionary has rand "Border; seam: as the rand of a woman's shoe."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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