Meaning of RANDOM in English


— randomly , adv. — randomness , n.

/ran"deuhm/ , adj.

1. proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern: the random selection of numbers.

2. Statistics. of or characterizing a process of selection in which each item of a set has an equal probability of being chosen.

3. Building Trades.

a. (of building materials) lacking uniformity of dimensions: random shingles.

b. (of ashlar) laid without continuous courses.

c. constructed or applied without regularity: random bond.


4. Chiefly Brit. bank 3 (def. 7b).

5. 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.


6. Building Trades. without uniformity: random-sized slates.

[ 1275-1325; ME raundon, random randon, deriv. of randir to gallop ]

Syn. 1. haphazard, chance, fortuitous.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .