- To skew is to twist something so it is not straight or to distort something so it is biased or unfair.
An example of skew is when you fix a contest so it is biased in favor of your friends.
- to take a slanting or oblique course or direction; swerve or twist
- to squint or glance sideways (at)
Origin: Middle English skewen from Norman French eskiuer, altered from Old French eschiver: see eschew
- to make slanting or oblique; set at a slant
- to bias, distort, or pervert
- turned aside or to one side; slanting; oblique
- having a part or arrangement that is so turned, as in gearing having the shafts neither parallel nor intersecting
- not symmetrical
- a slant or twist
- a slanting part or movement
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verb skewed, skew·ing, skews verb, intransitive
- To take an oblique course or direction.
- To look obliquely or sideways.
- To turn or place at an angle.
- To give a bias to; distort.
- Placed or turned to one side; asymmetrical.
- Distorted or biased in meaning or effect.
- Having a part that diverges, as in gearing.
- a. Mathematics Neither parallel nor intersecting. Used of straight lines in space.b. Statistics Not symmetrical about the mean. Used of distributions.
Origin: Middle English skewen, to escape, run sideways, from Old North French eskiuer, of Germanic origin.
- skewˈness noun
skew - Computer Definition
(1) The misalignment of a document or punch card in the feed tray or hopper that prohibits it from being scanned or read properly.
(2) In facsimile, the difference in rectangularity between the received and transmitted page.
(3) In communications, a change of timing or phases in a transmission signal.
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