Ran´dom   Pronunciation: răn´dŭm
n.1.Force; violence.
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.
3.Distance to which a missile is cast; range; reach; as, the random of a rifle ball.
4.(Mining) The direction of a rake-vein.
a.1.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.
2.(Statistics) of, pertaining to, or resulting from a process of selection from a starting set of items, in which the probability of selecting any one object in the starting set is equal to the probability of selecting any other.
3.(Construction) of unequal size or shape; made from components of unequal size or shape.
at random
in a manner so that all possible results have an equal probability of occurrence; for processes, each possible result is counted separately although the same type of result may occur more than once .
Random courses
(Masonry) courses of stone of unequal thickness.
Random shot
a shot not directed or aimed toward any particular object, or a shot with the muzzle of the gun much elevated.
Random work
(Masonry) stonework consisting of stones of unequal sizes fitted together, but not in courses nor always with flat beds.
Adj.1.random - lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance; "a random choice"; "bombs fell at random"; "random movements"
nonrandom - not random
2.random - taken haphazardly; "a random choice"
1.random - Unpredictable (closest to mathematical definition); weird. "The system's been behaving pretty randomly."
2.random - Assorted; undistinguished. "Who was at the conference?" "Just a bunch of random business types."
3.random - (pejorative) Frivolous; unproductive; undirected. "He's just a random loser."
4.random - Incoherent or inelegant; poorly chosen; not well organised. "The program has a random set of misfeatures." "That's a random name for that function." "Well, all the names were chosen pretty randomly."
5.random - In no particular order, though deterministic. "The I/O channels are in a pool, and when a file is opened one is chosen randomly."
6.random - Arbitrary. "It generates a random name for the scratch file."
7.random - Gratuitously wrong, i.e. poorly done and for no good apparent reason. For example, a program that handles file name defaulting in a particularly useless way, or an assembler routine that could easily have been coded using only three registers, but redundantly uses seven for values with non-overlapping lifetimes, so that no one else can invoke it without first saving four extra registers. What randomness!
8.random - A random hacker; used particularly of high-school students who soak up computer time and generally get in the way.
9.random - Anyone who is not a hacker (or, sometimes, anyone not known to the hacker speaking). "I went to the talk, but the audience was full of randoms asking bogus questions".
10.random - (occasional MIT usage) One who lives at Random Hall. See also J. Random, some random X.
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