rand

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[rand]
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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.

Origin of rand

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

rand

2
[rand]

noun

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

Origin of rand

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

Rand

[rand]

noun

Ayn [ahyn] /aɪn/, 1905–82, U.S. novelist and essayist, born in Russia.

Witwatersrand

[wit-waw-terz-rand, -wot-erz-]

noun

a rocky ridge in S Africa, in the Republic of South Africa, near Johannesburg.
Also called The Rand.

Rand, The

[rand]

noun

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Examples from the Web for rand

Contemporary Examples of rand

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

    Harold Frederic

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

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • And this man had nothing whatever to do with the office of Carter, Rand & Seagraves.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • Then he kept on downtown toward the office of Carter, Rand & Seagraves.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • And Rand went back to Omaha satisfied that the charges were all conspiracy.

    Marion's Faith.

    Charles King


British Dictionary definitions for rand

rand

1

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

rand

2

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

Rand

noun

the Rand short for Witwatersrand

Witwatersrand

noun

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."

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