from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective: random movements. See Synonyms at chance.
- adj. Mathematics & Statistics Of or relating to a type of circumstance or event that is described by a probability distribution.
- adj. Of or relating to an event in which all outcomes are equally likely, as in the testing of a blood sample for the presence of a substance.
- idiom at random Without a governing design, method, or purpose; unsystematically: chose a card at random from the deck.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having unpredictable outcomes and, in the ideal case, all outcomes equally probable; resulting from such selection; lacking statistical correlation.
- adj. Of or relating to probability distribution.
- adj. Pseudorandom in contrast to truly random; mimicking the result of random selection.
- adj. Representative and undistinguished; typical and average; selected for no particular reason.
- adj. Apropos of nothing; lacking context; unexpected; having apparent lack of plan, cause, or reason.
- adj. Characterized by or often saying random things; habitually using non sequiturs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- adj. 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.
- adj. of unequal size or shape; made from components of unequal size or shape.
- n. Force; violence.
- n. 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.
- n. Distance to which a missile is cast; range; reach.
- n. The direction of a rake-vein.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Proceeding, taken, done, or existing at random; aimless; fortuitous; haphazard; casual.
- n. Something done or produced without definite method, or with irregular or haphazard effect.
- n. In dyeing, clouded yarn. See random yarn, under I.
- n. A rushing, as of a torrent; an impetuous course; impetuosity; violence; force: especially with great, as in the phrase a great random, with great speed or force.
- n. A rush; spurt; gush.
- n. A continuous flow of words; a harangue.
- n. An indeterminate course or proceeding; hence, lack of direction, rule, or method; haphazard; chance: used only in the phrase at random—that is, in a haphazard, aimless, and purely fortuitous manner.
- n. The distance traversed by a missile; range; reach.
- n. In mining, the direction of a rake-vein.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance
And the only choice other than random is *not random*.
( "UPDATE login SET random = $random WHERE id = $id"
He said the sector remains too focused on charity -- what I call random acts of kindness -- rather than strategic investments.
"Mortgage rates follow what we call a random walk, and don't bounce back from lows like most people assume," he says.
Just hanging out and what we call random hallway parties.
SARAH TEALE, FILMMAKER, "DEALING DOGS": A class-B dealer is someone who deals with what they call random-source dogs.
But, she argues, we can still hold the former group, i.e., that which she calls a random collection of individuals, responsible for the violence done to victims, since, if they had tried, they could have come up with such decision-making procedures themselves.
It was not that his spirits were visibly high — he would never, in the concert of pleasure, touch the big drum by so much as a knuckle: he had a mortal dislike to the high, ragged note, to what he called random ravings.
It was not that his spirits were visibly high -- he would never, in the concert of pleasure, touch the big drum by so much as a knuckle: he had a mortal dislike to the high, ragged note, to what he called random ravings.
The lawmakers said they are concerned about what they call random budget cuts, big raises for some employees, and whether the school is shortchanging its agricultural programs.