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RANDOM (older forms randon, randrun; ...

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 888 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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RANDOM (older forms randon, randrun; from the French, cf. randir, to run quickly, impetuously; generally taken to be of Teutonic origin and connected with Ger. Rand, edge, brim, the idea being possibly of a brimming river), an adjective originally meaning impetuous, hasty, hence done without purpose or aim, haphazard. The term " random work " is used, in -architecture, by the rag-stone masons, for stones fitted together at random without any attempt at laying them in courses. " Random coursed work " is a like term applied to work coursed in horizontal beds, but the stones are of varying height, and fitted to one another (see MASONRY).
End of Article: RANDOM (older forms randon, randrun; from the French, cf. randir, to run quickly, impetuously; generally taken to be of Teutonic origin and connected with Ger. Rand, edge, brim, the idea being possibly of a brimming river)
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