Definitions for biasˈbaɪ əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bi•as*ˈbaɪ əs(n.; adj.; adv.; v.)bi•ased, bi•as•ing; bi•assed, bi•as•sing.

  1. (n.)an oblique or diagonal line of direction, esp. across a woven fabric.

    Category: Textiles

  2. a particular tendency or inclination, esp. one that prevents impartial consideration of a question; prejudice.

  3. a systematic as opposed to a random distortion of a statistic as a result of sampling procedure.

    Category: Statistics

  4. the application of a steady voltage or current to an active device, as a diode or transistor, to produce a desired mode of operation.

    Category: Electronics

  5. (adj.)(of the cut of a fabric or garment) diagonal; oblique.

    Category: Textiles

  6. (adv.)in a diagonal manner; obliquely; slantingly:

    to cut material bias.

  7. (v.t.)to cause partiality in; influence, often unfairly:

    a tearful plea designed to bias the jury.

Idioms for bias:

  1. 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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bias, prejudice, preconception(noun)

    a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

  2. diagonal, bias(adj)

    a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric

  3. bias(verb)

    slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric

    "a bias fold"

  4. bias(verb)

    influence in an unfair way

    "you are biasing my choice by telling me yours"

  5. bias, predetermine(verb)

    cause to be biased

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bias(noun)ˈbaɪ əs

    an unfair preference for one thing

    the show's liberal bias; reporting without a bias; his bias against female managers


  1. bias(Noun)

    inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection

  2. bias(Noun)

    the diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric

  3. bias(Noun)

    a voltage or current applied for example to a transistor electrode

  4. bias(Noun)

    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

  5. bias(Noun)

    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.

  6. bias(Verb)

    To place bias upon; to influence.

    Our prejudices bias our views.

  7. Bias(ProperNoun)

    One of the Seven Sages of Greece from Priene living in the 6th century BC.

  8. Origin: From Βίας.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bias(noun)

    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

  2. Bias(noun)

    a leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent; inclination

  3. Bias(noun)

    a wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference

  4. Bias(noun)

    a slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias

  5. Bias(adj)

    inclined to one side; swelled on one side

  6. Bias(adj)

    cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth

  7. Bias(adverb)

    in a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias

  8. Bias(verb)

    to incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess


  1. Bias

    Bias is an inclination of temperaments or outlook to present or hold a partial perspective at the expense of alternatives in reference to objects, people, or groups. Anything biased generally is one-sided and therefore lacks a neutral point of view. Bias can come in many forms and is often considered to be synonymous with prejudice or bigotry.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bias

    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

  1. Bias

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bias' in Nouns Frequency: #2441

Anagrams of bias

  1. IBSA, isba

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.

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