- proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern: the random selection of numbers.
- Statistics. of or characterizing a process of selection in which each item of a set has an equal probability of being chosen.
- Building Trades.
- (of building materials) lacking uniformity of dimensions: random shingles.
- (of ashlar) laid without continuous courses.
- constructed or applied without regularity: random bond.
- unknown, unidentified, or suspiciously out of place: A couple of random guys showed up at the party.
- odd or unpredictable, often in an amusing way: my totally random life.
- something that is random, or a random state or condition: different statistical methods used to estimate randoms.
- a person or thing that is unknown, unidentified, or suspiciously out of place.
- a person or thing that is odd or unpredictable.
- Chiefly British. bank3(def 7b).
- Building Trades. without uniformity: random-sized slates.
- at random, without definite aim, purpose, method, or adherence to a prior arrangement; in a haphazard way: Contestants were chosen at random from the studio audience.
Origin of random
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Examples from the Web for randomly
“There are not that many bad… guys whose goal in life is to go and randomly mess with patients in hospitals,” Hoyme said.How Your Pacemaker Will Get Hacked
Kaiser Health News
November 17, 2014
And randomly selected panels are well suited to political questions that we might otherwise addresses through a big referendum.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?
November 8, 2014
We could be randomly detained or harassed in order to make an example of us.Hong Kong Demonstrators Reject Racism
October 2, 2014
I did that, and another play afterwards, then randomly got an agent.Robert Pattinson’s Life After ‘Twilight’
June 13, 2014
So, they randomly select a poor villager and strap a bucket of rats against his chest.Game of Thrones’ 8 Most Gruesome Deaths: From The Mountain’s Exploding Head Kill to Rat Torture
June 4, 2014
- lacking any definite plan or prearranged order; haphazarda random selection
- having a value which cannot be determined but only described probabilisticallya random variable
- chosen without regard to any characteristics of the individual members of the population so that each has an equal chance of being selectedrandom sampling
- informal (of a person) unknownsome random guy waiting for a bus
- at random in a purposeless fashion; not following any prearranged order
Word Origin and History for randomly
"having no definite aim or purpose," 1650s, from at random (1560s), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"), alteration of Middle English noun randon "impetuosity, speed" (c.1300), from Old French randon "rush, disorder, force, impetuosity," from randir "to run fast," from Frankish *rant "a running" or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *randa (cf. Old High German rennen "to run," Old English rinnan "to flow, to run;" see run (v.)).
In 1980s U.S. college student slang it began to acquire a sense of "inferior, undesirable." (A 1980 William Safire column describes it as a college slang noun meaning "person who does not belong on our dormitory floor.") Random access in reference to computer memory is recorded from 1953. Related: Randomly; randomness.
- Relating to a type of circumstance or event that is described by a probability distribution.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with randomly
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