Random
Random Ran"dom (r[a^]n"d[u^]m), n. [OE. randon, OF. randon force, violence, rapidity, [`a] 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.] 1. Force; violence. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

For courageously the two kings newly fought with great random and force. --E. Hall. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Counsels, when they fly At random, sometimes hit most happily. --Herrick. [1913 Webster]

O, many a shaft, at random sent, Finds mark the archer little meant! --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. Distance to which a missile is cast; range; reach; as, the random of a rifle ball. --Sir K. Digby. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mining) The direction of a rake-vein. --Raymond. [1913 Webster]


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