Definitions for biasˈbaɪ əs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
bi•as*ˈbaɪ əs(n.; adj.; adv.; v.)bi•ased, bi•as•ing; bi•assed, bi•as•sing.
(n.)an oblique or diagonal line of direction, esp. across a woven fabric.
a particular tendency or inclination, esp. one that prevents impartial consideration of a question; prejudice.
a systematic as opposed to a random distortion of a statistic as a result of sampling procedure.
the application of a steady voltage or current to an active device, as a diode or transistor, to produce a desired mode of operation.
(adj.)(of the cut of a fabric or garment) diagonal; oblique.
(adv.)in a diagonal manner; obliquely; slantingly:
to cut material bias.
(v.t.)to cause partiality in; influence, often unfairly:
a tearful plea designed to bias the jury.
Idioms for bias:
on the bias, in the diagonal direction of the cloth. out of line; slanting.
Category: Idiom, Textiles
* Syn: bias , prejudice mean a strong inclination of the mind or a preconceived opinion about something or someone. A bias may be favorable or unfavorable: bias in favor of or against an idea.prejudice implies a preformed judgment even more unreasoning than bias , and usu. implies an unfavorable opinion: prejudice against a race.
Origin of bias:
1520–30; < MF biais oblique < OPr
bias, prejudice, preconception(noun)
a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric
slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric
"a bias fold"
influence in an unfair way
"you are biasing my choice by telling me yours"
cause to be biased
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
an unfair preference for one thing
the show's liberal bias; reporting without a bias; his bias against female managers
inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection
the diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric
a voltage or current applied for example to a transistor electrode
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
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.
To place bias upon; to influence.
Our prejudices bias our views.
One of the Seven Sages of Greece from Priene living in the 6th century BC.
Origin: From Βίας.
a weight on the side of the ball used in the game of bowls, or a tendency imparted to the ball, which turns it from a straight line
a leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent; inclination
a wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference
a slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias
inclined to one side; swelled on one side
cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth
in a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias
to incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
one of the seven wise men of Greece, born at Priene, in Ionia; lived in the 6th century B.C.; many wise sayings are ascribed to him; was distinguished for his indifference to possessions, which moth and rust can corrupt, and thieves break through and steal.
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
In polarized relay the adjustment of the tongue to lie normally against one or the other contact. (See Relay, Polarized.) Fig. 58. RESISTANCE COILS SHOWING BIFILAR WINDING.
Translations for bias
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
favouring of one or other (side in an argument etc) rather than remaining neutral
a bias against people of other religions.
- تحيُّـز، محاباة، تحامُـل)Arabic
- tendênciaPortuguese (BR)
- zaujatost, předsudekCzech
- das VorurteilGerman
- partiskhed; ensidigDanish
- προκατάληψη, μεροληψίαGreek
- parcialidad, prejuicioSpanish
- eelarvamus, erapoolikusEstonian
- گرایش؛ تمایلFarsi
- parti prisFrench
- sikap berat sebelahIndonesian
- aizspriedums; tieksme; noslieceLatvian
- berat sebelahMalay
- partiskhet, forutinntatt holdningNorwegian
- stronniczość, uprzedzeniePolish
- گرایش؛ تمایلPersian
- înclinaţie, direcţieRomanian
- zaujatosť (voči)Slovak
- partiskhet, positiv (negativ) inställning tillSwedish
- ön yargı, peşin hükümTurkish
- 偏見，偏袒Chinese (Trad.)
- схильність; упередженняUkrainian
- thành kiếnVietnamese
- 偏见，偏袒Chinese (Simp.)
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