Definition of Random

1. Adjective. Lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance. "Random movements"

Similar to: Ergodic, Haphazard, Hit-or-miss, Stochastic
Antonyms: Nonrandom
Derivative terms: Randomness

Definition of Random

1. n. Force; violence.

2. a. Going at random or by chance; done or made at hazard, or without settled direction, aim, or purpose; hazarded without previous calculation; left to chance; haphazard; as, a random guess.

Definition of Random

1. Noun. (obsolete) Speed, full speed; impetuosity, force. (defdate 14th-17th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) The full range of a bullet or other projectile; hence, the angle at which a weapon is tilted to allow the greatest range. (defdate 16th-19th c.) ¹

3. Noun. (figuratively colloquial) An undefined, unknown or unimportant person; a person of no consequence. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

4. Adjective. Having unpredictable outcomes and, in the ideal case, all outcomes equally probable; resulting from such selection; lacking statistical correlation. ¹

5. Adjective. (mathematics) Of or relating to probability distribution. ¹

6. Adjective. (computing) Pseudorandom in contrast to truly random; mimicking the result of random selection. ¹

7. Adjective. (context: somewhat colloquial) Representative and undistinguished; typical and average; selected for no particular reason. ¹

8. Adjective. (context: somewhat colloquial) Apropos of nothing; lacking context; unexpected; having apparent lack of plan, cause(,) or reason. ¹

9. Adjective. (context: colloquial) Characterized by or often saying ''random'' things; habitually using non sequiturs. ¹

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Definition of Random

1. a haphazard course [n -S]

Medical Definition of Random

1. 1. Force; violence. "For courageously the two kings newly fought with great random and force." (E. Hall) 2. A roving motion; course without definite direction; want of direction, rule, or method; hazard; chance; commonly used in the phrase at random, that is, without a settled point of direction; at hazard. "Counsels, when they fly At random, sometimes hit most happily." (Herrick) "O, many a shaft, at random sent, Finds mark the archer little meant !" (Sir W. Scott) 3. Distance to which a missile is cast; range; reach; as, the random of a rifle ball. 4. The direction of a rake-vein. Origin: OE. Randon, OF. Randon force, violence, rapidity, a randon, de randon, violently, suddenly, rapidly, prob. Of German origin; cf. G. Rand edge, border, OHG. Rant shield, edge of a shield, akin to E. Rand, n. See Rand. Going at random or by chance; done or made at hazard, or without settled direction, aim, or purpose; hazarded without previous calculation; left to chance; haphazard; as, a random guess. "Some random truths he can impart." (Wordsworth) "So sharp a spur to the lazy, and so strong a bridle to the random." (H. Spencer) Random courses, stonework consisting of stones of unequal sizes fitted together, but not in courses nor always with flat beds. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Random

random (current term)
random-access memory
random access
random access memory
random allocation
random amplification of polymorphic DNA
random amplified polymorphic DNA technique
random coil
random function
random functions
random mating equilibrium
random mechanism
random memory

Literary usage of Random

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1902)
""Roderick random," indeed, with its varied delineation of life, ... Smollett's ' ' Roderick random' ' is better worth preserving than the same author's ..."

2. Stochastic Inequalities by Moshe Shaked, Yung Liang Tong (1992)
"We review in this paper dependence concepts for a-stable random variables. ... Introduction The study of dependence in random variables has yielded many ..."

3. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1843)
"This is a particular case of the more general random-walk problem, solved in 1919, in which he determined the probability function, written either aa f(N, ..."

4. The Monthly Review by Charles William Wason (1836)
"random Recollections of the House of Lords, from the Year 1830 to 1836, ... IF our prediction was correct, that the " random Recollections of the House of ..."

5. Approximate Computation of Expectations by Charles Stein (1986)
"AN APPLICATION TO THE THEORY OF random GRAPHS Consider a random graph G(n) on n vertices in which each possible edge is present with probability p, ..."

6. Encyclopædia Britannica: Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and by Colin MacFarquhar, George Gleig (1797)
"In like manner, when the true potential random is gi- ,, _. ven greater than 13000 yards, we muft take two mean rations di- proportionals between 13000 and ..."

7. Stochastic Orders and Decision Under Risk by Karl C. Mosler, Marco Scarsini (1991)
"REMARKS ON A random SURFACE BY DB ABRAHAM AND CM NEWMAN* Oxford University and New York University A simple discrete random surface is defined. ..."

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