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rand

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[ rand ]
/ rænd /
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noun
(in shoemaking) a strip of leather set in a shoe at the heel before the lifts are attached.
British Dialect.
  1. a strip or long slice.
  2. a border or margin.
verb (used with object)
to provide (footwear) with rands.
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Origin of rand

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German rand border, margin

Other definitions for rand (2 of 3)

rand2
[ rand ]
/ rænd /

noun
a coin and monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa, equal to 100 cents. Abbreviation: R.

Origin of rand

2
1960–65; from Afrikaans, after The Rand (Witwatersrand), a major gold mining area

Other definitions for rand (3 of 3)

Rand
[ rand ]
/ rænd /

noun
Ayn [ahyn], /aɪn/, 1905–82, U.S. novelist and essayist, born in Russia.
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British Dictionary definitions for rand (1 of 3)

rand1
/ (rænd, rɒnt) /

noun
the standard monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa, divided into 100 cents

Word Origin for rand

C20: from Afrikaans, shortened from Witwatersrand, referring to the gold-mining there; related to rand ²

British Dictionary definitions for rand (2 of 3)

rand2
/ (rænd) /

noun
shoemaking a leather strip put in the heel of a shoe before the lifts are put on
dialect
  1. a strip or margin; border
  2. a strip of cloth; selvage

Word Origin for rand

Old English; related to Old High German rant border, rim of a shield, Old Norse rönd shield, rim

British Dictionary definitions for rand (3 of 3)

Rand
/ (rænd) /

noun
the Rand short for Witwatersrand
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