Meaning of random

ran•dom

Pronunciation: (ran'dum), [key]
— adj.
  1. proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern: the random selection of numbers.
  2. of or characterizing a process of selection in which each item of a set has an equal probability of being chosen.
  3. random shingles.
    1. (of building materials) lacking uniformity of dimensions:random shingles.
    2. (of ashlar) laid without continuous courses.
    3. constructed or applied without regularity:random bond.
—n.
  1. bank (def. 7b).
  2. without definite aim, purpose, method, or adherence to a prior arrangement; in a haphazard way: Contestants were chosen at random from the studio audience.
—adv.
  1. without uniformity: random-sized slates.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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