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rand1

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noun
  1. (in shoemaking) a strip of leather set in a shoe at the heel before the lifts are attached.
  2. British Dialect.
    1. a strip or long slice.
    2. a border or margin.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide (footwear) with rands.
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Origin of rand1

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

rand2

[rand]
noun
  1. a coin and monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa, equal to 100 cents. Abbreviation: R.
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Origin of rand2

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

Rand

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

[wit-waw-terz-rand, -wot-erz-]
noun
  1. a rocky ridge in S Africa, in the Republic of South Africa, near Johannesburg.
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Also called The Rand.

Rand, The

[rand]
noun
  1. Witwatersrand.
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  • 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

rand1

noun
  1. the standard monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa, divided into 100 cents
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Word Origin

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

rand2

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

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

Rand

noun
  1. the Rand short for Witwatersrand
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Witwatersrand

noun
  1. 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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