# Random

## Ran"dom

, a. 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.

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Somerandomtruths he can impart.

*Wordsworth.*

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So sharp a spur to the lazy, and so strong a bridle to therandom.

*H. Spencer.*

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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.

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3.
*(Construction)* of unequal size or shape; made from components of unequal size or shape.

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**at random** in a manner so that all possible results have an equal probability of occurrence; for processes, each possible result is counted separately although the same type of result may occur more than once . --
**Random courses**
*(Masonry)*, courses of stone of unequal thickness. --
**Random shot**, a shot not directed or aimed toward any particular object, or a shot with the muzzle of the gun much elevated. --
**Random work**
*(Masonry)*, stonework consisting of stones of unequal sizes fitted together, but not in courses nor always with flat beds.

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