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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ran"dom
  1. Force; violence.(Obs)"For courageously the two kings newly fought with great random and force." [E. Hall.]
  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."Counsels, when they fly At random, sometimes hit most happily." [Herrick.]"O, many a shaft, at random sent, Finds mark the archer little meant!" [Sir W. Scott.]
  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.

Etymology: OE. randon, OF. randon force, violence, rapidity, à 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.)

adjective Ran"dom
  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.
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  1. Lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance ("a random choice", "bombs fell at random", and "random movements")

From earlier randon, from Middle English randoun, raundon, from Old French randon, from randir (“to run, gallop”) (whence French randonnée (“long walk, hike”)), from Frankish *rant, *rand (“run”, noun), from Proto-Germanic *randijō, from *rinnaną (“run”, verb), from Proto-Indo-European *(H)r̥-nw- (“to flow, move, run”). See run.

  1. A roving motion; course without definite direction; lack of rule or method; chance.
  2. (obsolete) Speed, full speed; impetuosity, force. [14th-17thc.]
  3. (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.]
  4. (figuratively, colloquial) An undefined, unknown or unimportant person; a person of no consequence. [from 20thc.]
    The party was boring. It was full of .
  5. (mining) The direction of a rake-vein.

random was also found in the following language(s): Hungarian

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Robert Random

Robert Random is an actor. He was most active from 1960 to 1980. Robert was given the name Robert Chambers on January 29th, 1943 in Chilliwack.


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Lobster Random

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Ida Random

Ida Random is a production designer. She has been prominent since 1983. Ida was born in 1945.


Fun Facts about the name Random

  • How Popular is the name Random? Random is the 33,276th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Random have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 135 babies born with the first name Random in the United States. That's more than enough people named Random to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Random? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1979 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Random first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Random is Monday, October 3rd, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Random born? The highest recorded use of the first name Random was in 1979 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Random: The name spelled backwards is Modnar. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rdnoam. How do you pronounce that?
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