- (in shoemaking) a strip of leather set in a shoe at the heel before the lifts are attached.
- British Dialect.
- a strip or long slice.
- a border or margin.
- to provide (footwear) with rands.
Origin of rand1
- a coin and monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa, equal to 100 cents. Abbreviation: R.
Origin of rand2
- Ayn [ahyn] /aɪn/, 1905–82, U.S. novelist and essayist, born in Russia.
- a rocky ridge in S Africa, in the Republic of South Africa, near Johannesburg.
Examples from the Web for rand
Contemporary Examples of rand
Gawker sneered that Uber is "Ayn Rand's favorite car service."In Defense of Uber’s Awful Sydney Surge Pricing
December 16, 2014
Sadly, Rand does not bring much in the way of diversity to the GOP ticket.Why 2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless
P. J. O’Rourke
November 22, 2014
Sen. Rand Paul, however, resisted gushing--in keeping with his contrarian brand.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer
November 18, 2014
An HIV scare, Rand Paul talking points, and a (maybe) proposition.My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star
November 12, 2014
Republicans need to rebuild their brand, which Rand Paul said quite graphically “sucks.”Can Obama and a Republican Senate Find Common Ground?
November 4, 2014
Historical Examples of rand
We'll get more ounces to the ton out of our crushings than they ever heard of on the Rand, too.The Market-Place
In no other way could she remain in the office of Carter, Rand & Seagraves.
And this man had nothing whatever to do with the office of Carter, Rand & Seagraves.
Then he kept on downtown toward the office of Carter, Rand & Seagraves.
And Rand went back to Omaha satisfied that the charges were all conspiracy.Marion's Faith.
- the standard monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa, divided into 100 cents
Word Origin for rand
- shoemaking a leather strip put in the heel of a shoe before the lifts are put on
- a strip or margin; border
- a strip of cloth; selvage
Word Origin for rand
- the Rand short for Witwatersrand
- 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
"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."