What does random mean?

Definitions for random
ˈræn dəmran·dom

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word random.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. random(adj)

    lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance

    "a random choice"; "bombs fell at random"; "random movements"


  1. Random(a.)

    (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.

  2. Random(a.)

    (Construction) of unequal size or shape; made from components of unequal size or shape.


  1. random(Noun)

    Speed, full speed; impetuosity, force.

  2. random(Noun)

    The full range of a bullet or other projectile; hence, the angle at which a weapon is tilted to allow the greatest range.

  3. random(Noun)

    An undefined, unknown or unimportant person; a person of no consequence.

    The party was boring. It was full of randoms.

  4. random(Adjective)

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

  5. random(Adjective)

    Of or relating to probability distribution.

    A toss of loaded dice is still random, though biased.

  6. random(Adjective)

    Pseudorandom in contrast to truly random; mimicking the result of random selection.

    The function generates a random number from a seed.

  7. random(Adjective)

    Representative and undistinguished; typical and average; selected for no particular reason.

    A random American off the street couldn't tell the difference.

  8. random(Adjective)

    Apropos of nothing; lacking context; unexpected; having apparent lack of plan, cause or reason.

  9. random(Adjective)

    Characterized by or often saying random things; habitually using non sequiturs.

    You're so random!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Random(noun)

    force; violence

  2. Random(noun)

    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. Random(noun)

    distance to which a missile is cast; range; reach; as, the random of a rifle ball

  4. Random(noun)

    the direction of a rake-vein

  5. Random(adj)

    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

  6. Origin: [OE. randon, OF. randon force, violence, rapidity, 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, n.]


  1. Random

    Random is a fictional character and antihero created by writer Peter David for the Marvel Comics series X-Factor. He started out as a thorn in the side of X-Factor, but he later became a reluctant ally of theirs. The mystery of his life has yet to be completely revealed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Random

    ran′dum, adj. done or uttered at haphazard: left to chance: aimless—(obs.) Ran′don.—n. something done without aim, chance—now only in phrase, At random, haphazard.—adv. Ran′domly, without direction: by chance. [O. Fr. randon, urgency, haste; from Teut.; Ger. rand, a brim.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. random

    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.”

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. random

    Distance to which a missile is thrown or projected; range; reach; as, the farthest random of a missile weapon.

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  1. random

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'random' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4731

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'random' in Adjectives Frequency: #647

Anagrams for random »

  1. mandor, rodman

  2. Mandor

  3. Rodman

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How to say random in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of random in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of random in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of random in a Sentence

  1. Paul Joyal:

    It was not a random act.

  2. Tom Hayes:

    The run-throughs were random.

  3. Public Safety Director Frank Milstead:

    The best we know right now it's random.

  4. Surfer Sonia Lynn Gabriel:

    The way( Lebanon's) swell comes is really random.

  5. Anonymous:

    Practice random beauty and senseless acts of love.

Images & Illustrations of random

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Translations for random

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  • willekeurigAfrikaans
  • عشوائيArabic
  • fulano, aleatoriCatalan, Valencian
  • náhodný, průměrný, nesouvisejícíCzech
  • ar hapWelsh
  • ligegyldig, overflødig, tilfældigDanish
  • zufälligGerman
  • τυχαίοςGreek
  • arbitra, hazardeca, aleatora, hazardaEsperanto
  • aleatorio, mucho quilombo, fulanoSpanish
  • juhuslik, suvaline, suvakasEstonian
  • تصادفیPersian
  • näennäissatunnainen, satunnainen, asiaankuulumaton, tavis, tavallinen, irrallinenFinnish
  • pseudo-aléatoire, aléatoire, moyen, stochastique, inconnu, sans queue ni tête, incohérentFrench
  • teagmhasach, fánachIrish
  • véletlenszerű, véletlenHungarian
  • պատահականArmenian
  • sconosciuto, estraneo, nullità, fortuito, casualeItalian
  • 勝手気まま, 平均的, 任意, 不可解, ランダム, 適当, 無作為, 出任せ, 野次馬Japanese
  • fortūitusLatin
  • zoufällegLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • tupurangiMāori
  • случаен, псевдослучаен, бесцеленMacedonian
  • таамгаарMongolian
  • rawakMalay
  • lukraak, toevallig, willekeurigDutch
  • tilfelleleg, tilfeldig, tilfelleligNorwegian
  • przypadkowy, losowyPolish
  • randômico, beltrano, aleatório, pseudo-randômico, sicrano, joão-ninguém, fulanoPortuguese
  • случайный, произвольный, псевдослучайный, первый попавшийся, неуместныйRussian
  • nasumice, proizvoljnoSerbo-Croatian
  • tillfällig, slumpmässigSwedish
  • випадковийUkrainian

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