1 [rand]
(in shoemaking) a strip of leather set in a shoe at the heel before the lifts are attached.
British Dialect.
a strip or long slice.
a border or margin.
verb (used with object)
to provide (footwear) with rands.

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German rand border, margin

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2 [rand]
a coin and monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa, equal to 100 cents. Abbreviation: R.

1960–65; < Afrikaans, after The Rand (Witwatersrand), a major gold mining area


Ayn [ahyn] , 1905–82, U.S. novelist and essayist, born in Russia.

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rand1 (rænd, rɒnt)
the standard monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa, divided into 100 cents
[C20: from Afrikaans, shortened from Witwatersrand, referring to the gold-mining there; related to rand²]

rand2 (rænd)
1.  shoemaking a leather strip put in the heel of a shoe before the lifts are put on
2.  dialect
 a.  a strip or margin; border
 b.  a strip of cloth; selvage
[Old English; related to Old High German rant border, rim of a shield, Old Norse rönd shield, rim]

Rand (rænd)
the Rand short for Witwatersrand

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monetary unit of South Africa. Each rand is divided into 100 cents. The South African Reserve Bank has the exclusive authority to issue coins and banknotes in the country. Coins range in denomination from 5 cents to 50 rand. Banknotes are denominated in values from 10 to 200 rand. During the apartheid era, when the country's white-minority regime ruled through restrictive legislation, banknotes contained historical figures associated with that regime. Since the peaceful transition to full democratic rule in the early 1990s, banknotes have been adorned with colourful images of wildlife; they include the rhinoceros (10-rand note), elephant (20-rand note), lion (50-rand note), buffalo (100-rand note), and leopard (200-rand note). The country's coins, which contain images of plant and animal life, feature the use of South Africa's various languages to render the country's name. South Africa used the British pound sterling until 1921, when the South African pound was introduced. South Africa adopted the rand in 1961; it replaced the pound at a rate of 2 rand for 1 pound

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