random

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adjective

noun

adverb

Building Trades. without uniformity: random-sized slates.

Idioms

    at random, without definite aim, purpose, method, or adherence to a prior arrangement; in a haphazard way: Contestants were chosen at random from the studio audience.

Origin of random

1275–1325; Middle English raundon, random < Old French randon, derivative of randir to gallop < Germanic
Related formsran·dom·ly, adverbran·dom·ness, nounnon·ran·dom, adjectivenon·ran·dom·ly, adverbnon·ran·dom·ness, noun

Synonyms for random

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Related Words for randomness

haphazardness, volatility, impermanence, changeability

Examples from the Web for randomness

Contemporary Examples of randomness

Historical Examples of randomness

  • It is obvious that a language cannot go beyond a certain point in this randomness.

    Language

    Edward Sapir

  • This was an impressive change that introduced a linear relation in a realm that was one of randomness or even chaos.

  • Reduction from practically infinite choices to a finite number of realizations is at best a matter of randomness and exposure.

  • Filled with 400 rods placed equidistantly, the lightning field is the interplay between precision and randomness.


British Dictionary definitions for randomness

random

adjective

lacking any definite plan or prearranged order; haphazarda random selection
statistics
  1. having a value which cannot be determined but only described probabilisticallya random variable
  2. chosen without regard to any characteristics of the individual members of the population so that each has an equal chance of being selectedrandom sampling
informal (of a person) unknownsome random guy waiting for a bus

noun

at random in a purposeless fashion; not following any prearranged order
Derived Formsrandomly, adverbrandomness, noun

Word Origin for random

C14: from Old French randon, from randir to gallop, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German rinnan to run
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Word Origin and History for randomness

random

adj.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

randomness in Science

random

[răndəm]

Relating to a type of circumstance or event that is described by a probability distribution.
Relating to an event in which all outcomes are equally likely, as in the testing of a blood sample for the presence of a substance.
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Idioms and Phrases with randomness

random

see at random.

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