Definitions for randomˈræn dəm
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
occurring or done without definite aim, reason, or pattern:
Statistics. of or characterizing a process of selection in which each item of a set has an equal probability of being chosen.
Building Trades. (of building materials) lacking uniformity of dimensions: (of ashlar) laid without continuous courses. constructed or applied without regularity:
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(adv.)Building Trades. without uniformity:
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Idioms for random:
at random,without regard to rules, schedules, etc.; haphazardly.
Origin of random:
1275–1325; ME raundon, random < OF randon, der. of randir to gallop < Gmc
lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance
"a random choice"; "bombs fell at random"; "random movements"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
happening or chosen without an organized pattern or system
random searches of airline passengers
Speed, full speed; impetuosity, force.
The full range of a bullet or other projectile; hence, the angle at which a weapon is tilted to allow the greatest range.
An undefined, unknown or unimportant person; a person of no consequence.
The party was boring. It was full of randoms.
Having unpredictable outcomes and, in the ideal case, all outcomes equally probable; resulting from such selection; lacking statistical correlation.
Of or relating to probability distribution.
A toss of loaded dice is still random, though biased.
Pseudorandom in contrast to truly random; mimicking the result of random selection.
The function generates a random number from a seed.
Representative and undistinguished; typical and average; selected for no particular reason.
A random American off the street couldn't tell the difference.
Apropos of nothing; lacking context; unexpected; having apparent lack of plan, cause or reason.
Characterized by or often saying random things; habitually using non sequiturs.
You're so random!
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
distance to which a missile is cast; range; reach; as, the random of a rifle ball
the direction of a rake-vein
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
The New Hacker's Dictionary
1. Unpredictable (closest to mathematical definition); weird. “The system's been behaving pretty randomly.” 2. Assorted; undistinguished. “Who was at the conference?” “Just a bunch of random business types.” 3. (pejorative) Frivolous; unproductive; undirected. “He's just a random loser.” 4. Incoherent or inelegant; poorly chosen; not well organized. “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. 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. Arbitrary. “It generates a random name for the scratch file.” 7. 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. n. A random hacker; used particularly of high-school students who soak up computer time and generally get in the way. 9. n. Anyone who is not a hacker (or, sometimes, anyone not known to the hacker speaking); the noun form of sense 2. “I went to the talk, but the audience was full of randoms asking bogus questions”. 10. n. (occasional MIT usage) One who lives at Random Hall. See also J. Random, some random X. 11. [UK] Conversationally, a non sequitur or something similarly out-of-the-blue. As in: “Stop being so random!” This sense equates to ‘hatstand’, taken from the Viz comic character “Roger Irrelevant - He's completely Hatstand.”
Translations for random
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
done etc without any particular plan or system; irregular
The opinion poll was based on a random sample of adults.
- aleatórioPortuguese (BR)
- aleatorio, casual; sin ordenSpanish
- تصادفی؛ بدون هدف و نقشه قبلیFarsi
- सहसा उत्पन्नHindi
- véletlen, találom(ra vett)Hungarian
- 임의의, 무작위의Korean
- nejaušs; gadījuma-Latvian
- uten plan, på måfå, tilfeldigNorwegian
- wyrywkowy, przypadkowy, losowyPolish
- تصادفی؛ بدون هدف و نقشه قبلیPersian
- ناټاكلى، ګډوډه بى هدفهPashto
- случайный, произвольныйRussian
- rastgele, gelişigüzelTurkish
- 隨機的Chinese (Trad.)
- зроблений наздогад, випадковийUkrainian
- بے سوچے سمجھےUrdu
- ngẫu nhiênVietnamese
- 随便的Chinese (Simp.)
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