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random number

A number selected without any criteria, often by some sort of generator, such as a computer program. Don't worry, we're not choosing the winner ourselves—we'll draw a random number to determine who wins.
See also: number, random
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For each of the myriad photon-atom interactions possible in a typical simulation, the computer furnishes a random number to specify the angle and energy at which the photon emerges from its atomic assignation.