Skew meaning

skyo͝o
To make slanting or oblique; set at a slant.
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To display a statistical tendency toward.

A television program that skews toward teenagers.

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To bias, distort, or pervert.
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Placed or turned to one side; asymmetric.
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Having a part or arrangement that is so turned, as in gearing having the shafts neither parallel nor intersecting.
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(mathematics) Neither perpendicular nor parallel (usually said of two lines).
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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.

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To give a bias to; distort.

The use of a limited sample skewed the findings of the study.

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To look obliquely or sideways.
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Distorted or biased in meaning or effect.
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Having a part that diverges, as in gearing.
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To take a slanting or oblique course or direction; swerve or twist.
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To squint or glance sideways (at)
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Turned aside or to one side; slanting; oblique.
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Not symmetrical.
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A slant or twist.
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A slanting part or movement.
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A transformation of coordinates in which one coordinate is displaced in one direction in proportion to its distance from a coordinate plane or axis. A rectangle, for example, that undergoes skew is transformed into a parallelogram.
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(1) The misalignment of a document or punch card in the feed tray or hopper that prohibits it from being scanned or read properly.
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To change or alter in a particular direction.

A disproportionate number of female subjects in the study group skewed the results.

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To shape or form in an oblique way; to cause to take an oblique position.
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To throw or hurl obliquely.
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(intransitive) To walk obliquely; to go sidling; to lie or move obliquely.
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(intransitive) To start aside; to shy, as a horse.
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(intransitive) To look obliquely; to squint; hence, to look slightingly or suspiciously.

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(architecture) A stone at the foot of the slope of a gable, the offset of a buttress, etc., cut with a sloping surface and with a check to receive the coping stones and retain them in place.
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Awry; obliquely; askew.
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(mathematics) In some sense, the opposite of what it's attached to.
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To turn or place at an angle.

Skew the cutting edge of a plane.

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To take an oblique course or direction.
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An oblique or slanting movement, position, or direction.
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Origin of skew

  • Middle English skewen to escape, run sideways from Old North French eskiuer of Germanic origin

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

  • From Old French escuer, eskiuer, northern variants of eschuer, eschiver, eschever.

    From Wiktionary