Random

Adjective

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

    "The flip of a fair coin is purely random."

  • (mathematics) Of or relating to probability distribution.

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

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

    "That was a completely random comment."

  • (colloquial) Characterized by or often saying random things; habitually using non sequiturs.

    "You're so random!"

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

    "The results of the field survey look random by several different measures."

  • (somewhat colloquial) Representative and undistinguished; typical and average; selected for no particular reason.

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

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

    "The narrative takes a random course."

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

    "The newspaper conducted a random sample of five hundred American teenagers."

  • (computing) Pseudorandom; mimicking the result of random selection.

    "The rand function generates a random number from a seed."

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

    "The teacher's bartending story was interesting, but random."

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. [16th-19thc.]
  • (obsolete) Speed, full speed; impetuosity, force. [14th-17thc.]
  • (mining) The direction of a rake-vein.
  • A roving motion; course without definite direction; lack of rule or method; chance.
  • (figuratively, colloquial) An undefined, unknown or unimportant person; a person of no consequence. [from 20thc.]

    "The party was boring. It was full of randoms."

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