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 for at random
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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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              Some random truths he can impart.     --Wordsworth.
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              So sharp a spur to the lazy, and so strong a bridle
              to the random.                        --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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  at random
      adv 1: in a random manner; "the houses were randomly scattered";
             "bullets were fired into the crowd at random" [syn:
             randomly, indiscriminately, haphazardly, willy-
             nilly, arbitrarily, at random, every which way]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  63 Moby Thesaurus words for "at random":
     aimlessly, any which way, anyhow, anywise, around, at haphazard,
     at hazard, at intervals, at irregular intervals, brokenly,
     by catches, by chance, by fits, by jerks, by snatches,
     capriciously, carelessly, casually, desultorily, disconnectedly,
     discontinuously, dysteleologically, eccentrically, erratically,
     fitfully, haltingly, haphazard, haphazardly, helter-skelter,
     hit or miss, in snatches, in spots, inconstantly, indiscriminately,
     inexplicably, intermittently, irregularly, jerkily, lurchingly,
     nonuniformly, off and on, patchily, promiscuously, purposelessly,
     random, randomly, roughly, sloppily, spasmodically, sporadically,
     spottily, stochastically, unaccountably, uncertainly, unevenly,
     unmethodically, unpredictably, unrhythmically, unsteadily,
     unsystematically, variably, whimsically, wobblingly
  
  

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