- (of building materials) lacking uniformity of dimensions: random shingles.
- (of ashlar) laid without continuous courses.
- constructed or applied without regularity: random bond.
- unknown, unidentified, or suspiciously out of place: A couple of random guys showed up at the party.
- odd or unpredictable, often in an amusing way: my totally random life.
- a person or thing that is unknown, unidentified, or suspiciously out of place.
- a person or thing that is odd or unpredictable.
Origin of random
Examples from the Web for randomly
“There are not that many bad… guys whose goal in life is to go and randomly mess with patients in hospitals,” Hoyme said.
And randomly selected panels are well suited to political questions that we might otherwise addresses through a big referendum.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?|Michael Schulson|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We could be randomly detained or harassed in order to make an example of us.
I did that, and another play afterwards, then randomly got an agent.
So, they randomly select a poor villager and strap a bucket of rats against his chest.
This, again, is Nature's way, randomly and tirelessly seeking her ends.Ways of Nature|John Burroughs
"Bang," he said randomly, pointing his finger at his head, and then jerked his hand away as if it had burned him.Games|Katherine MacLean
British Dictionary definitions for randomly
- having a value which cannot be determined but only described probabilisticallya random variable
- chosen without regard to any characteristics of the individual members of the population so that each has an equal chance of being selectedrandom sampling
Word Origin for random
Word Origin and History for randomly
"having no definite aim or purpose," 1650s, from at random (1560s), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"), alteration of Middle English noun randon "impetuosity, speed" (c.1300), from Old French randon "rush, disorder, force, impetuosity," from randir "to run fast," from Frankish *rant "a running" or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *randa (cf. Old High German rennen "to run," Old English rinnan "to flow, to run;" see run (v.)).
In 1980s U.S. college student slang it began to acquire a sense of "inferior, undesirable." (A 1980 William Safire column describes it as a college slang noun meaning "person who does not belong on our dormitory floor.") Random access in reference to computer memory is recorded from 1953. Related: Randomly; randomness.
Science definitions for randomly
Idioms and Phrases with randomly
see at random.