Bias definition

bīəs
A line, cut or sewn diagonally across the weave of cloth, as in making seams, binding tape, etc.
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To apply a small voltage to (a grid).
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To influence in a particular, typically unfair direction.
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(electronics) A high-frequency signal or tone added to a tape during the recording process so as to reduce distortion and increase frequency response.
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(obs.) Awry.
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To cause to have a bias; influence; prejudice.
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A statistical sampling or testing error caused by systematically favoring some outcomes over others.
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A mental leaning or inclination; partiality; bent.
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A line going diagonally across the grain of fabric.

Cut the cloth on the bias.

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(radio) The fixed voltage applied to an electrode circuit to control the mode of operation, usually measured with the cathode voltage as reference.
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(statistics) Any systematic error contributing to the difference between statistical values in a population and a sample drawn from it.
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Slanting; diagonal.
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Diagonally.
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(radio) To apply a bias to (an electrode)
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A bias is defined as a line sewn or cut diagonally across fabric.

An example of bias is cutting a skirt on the diagonal so that it flows freely when worn.

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Bias is a tendency to mentally lean in a certain direction.

An example of bias is a democrat preferring "leftist" ideals.

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The definition of bias is something that is diagonal or slanting.

An example of bias is a fold in a fabric dinner napkin.

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The fixed voltage applied to an electrode.
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An unfair act or policy stemming from prejudice.
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A weight or irregularity in a ball that causes it to swerve, as in lawn bowling.
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The tendency of such a ball to swerve.
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A mental tendency, inclination, preconception, prejudice, taint.
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(countable, uncountable) Inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection.
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(countable, textiles) The diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric.
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Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.
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In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally.

To cut cloth bias.

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In lawn bowling,
  • The bulge in the side of the ball (the bowl) that causes it to roll in a curve.
  • This curve or tendency to curve.
  • The force causing this.
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A preference or an inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment.
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(countable, textiles) A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (such as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
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(electronics) A voltage or current applied for example to a transistor electrode.
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(statistics) The difference between the expectation of the sample estimator and the true population value, which reduces the representativeness of the estimator by systematically distorting it.
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(sports) In the game of crown green bowls: a weight added to one side of a bowl so that as it rolls, it will follow a curved rather than a straight path; the oblique line followed by such a bowl; the lopsided shape or structure of such a bowl.
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To place bias upon; to influence.

Our prejudices bias our views.

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Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.

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One of the Seven Sages of Greece from Priene living in the 6th century BC.
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Slanting or diagonal; oblique.

A bias fold.

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on the bias
  • diagonally; obliquely; specif., cut or sewn diagonally across the weave
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bias
Plural:
biases, biasses

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bias

  • French biais slant from Provençal perhaps ultimately from Greek epikarsios slanted sker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French biasis, from Old Provençal biais (“way, angle, slant”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Ancient Greek Βίας (Bias).

    From Wiktionary