rand

1
[ rand ]
/ rænd /

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

Definition for rand (2 of 5)

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; < Afrikaans, after The Rand (Witwatersrand), a major gold mining area

Definition for rand (3 of 5)

Rand
[ rand ]
/ rænd /

noun

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

Definition for rand (4 of 5)

Witwatersrand
[ wit-waw-terz-rand, -wot-erz- ]
/ ˈwɪtˌwɔ tərzˌrænd, -ˌwɒt ərz- /

noun

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

Definition for rand (5 of 5)

Rand, The
[ rand ]
/ rænd /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for rand (1 of 4)

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 4)

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 4)

Rand
/ (rænd) /

noun

the Rand short for Witwatersrand

British Dictionary definitions for rand (4 of 4)

Witwatersrand
/ (wɪtˈwɔːtəzˌrænd, Afrikaans vətˈvɑːtərsˈrant) /

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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