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bi·as

 (bī′əs)
n.
1. A line going diagonally across the grain of fabric: Cut the cloth on the bias.
2.
a. A preference or an inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment.
b. An unfair act or policy stemming from prejudice.
3. A statistical sampling or testing error caused by systematically favoring some outcomes over others.
4. Sports
a. A weight or irregularity in a ball that causes it to swerve, as in lawn bowling.
b. The tendency of such a ball to swerve.
5. The fixed voltage applied to an electrode.
adj.
Slanting or diagonal; oblique: a bias fold.
tr.v. bi·ased, bi·as·ing, bi·as·es or bi·assed or bi·as·sing or bi·as·ses
1. To influence in a particular, typically unfair direction.
2. To apply a small voltage to (a grid).

[French biais, slant, from Provençal, perhaps ultimately from Greek epikarsios, slanted; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: bias, jaundice, prejudice
These verbs mean to influence in a particular, often unfavorable way. To bias is to cause to incline toward or away from something or someone: claimed that the ruling was biased against low-income workers; was biased by experience in favor of stronger regulation.
To jaundice is to predispose toward negativity or skepticism: Years of scandal have jaundiced her view of politics.
To prejudice is to cause to judge prematurely, without full knowledge or due consideration; it often, but not always, suggests bigotry: were prejudiced by their narrow upbringing against those of a different race; moved the trial so as to find jurors who had not been prejudiced by news coverage of the case.

bias

(ˈbaɪəs)
n
1. mental tendency or inclination, esp an irrational preference or prejudice
2. (Knitting & Sewing) a diagonal line or cut across the weave of a fabric
3. (Electronics) electronics the voltage applied to an electronic device or system to establish suitable working conditions
4. (Bowls & Bowling) bowls
a. a bulge or weight inside one side of a bowl
b. the curved course of such a bowl on the green
5. (Statistics) statistics
a. an extraneous latent influence on, unrecognized conflated variable in, or selectivity in a sample which influences its distribution and so renders it unable to reflect the desired population parameters
b. if T is an estimator of the parameter θ, the expected value of (T–θ)
6. (Electronics) an inaudible high-frequency signal used to improve the quality of a tape recording
adj
slanting obliquely; diagonal: a bias fold.
adv
obliquely; diagonally
vb (tr) , -ases, -asing, -ased, -asses, -assing or -assed
(usually passive) to cause to have a bias; prejudice; influence
[C16: from Old French biais, from Old Provençal, perhaps ultimately from Greek epikarsios oblique]
ˈbiased, ˈbiassed adj

bi•as

(ˈbaɪ əs)

n., adj., adv., v. bi•ased, bi•as•ing (esp. Brit.) bi•assed, bi•as•sing. n.
1. an oblique or diagonal line of direction, esp. across a woven fabric.
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.
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.
adj.
5. (of the cut of a fabric or garment) diagonal; oblique.
adv.
6. in a diagonal manner; obliquely; slantingly: to cut material bias.
v.t.
7. to cause partiality in; influence, often unfairly: a tearful plea designed to bias the jury.
Idioms:
on the bias,
a. in the diagonal direction of the cloth.
b. out of line; slanting.
[1520–30; < Middle French biais oblique < Old Provençal]
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.

bias


Past participle: biased/biassed
Gerund: biasing/biassing

Imperative
bias
bias
Present
I bias
you bias
he/she/it biases/biasses
we bias
you bias
they bias
Preterite
I biased/biassed
you biased/biassed
he/she/it biased/biassed
we biased/biassed
you biased/biassed
they biased/biassed
Present Continuous
I am biasing/biassing
you are biasing/biassing
he/she/it is biasing/biassing
we are biasing/biassing
you are biasing/biassing
they are biasing/biassing
Present Perfect
I have biased/biassed
you have biased/biassed
he/she/it has biased/biassed
we have biased/biassed
you have biased/biassed
they have biased/biassed
Past Continuous
I was biasing/biassing
you were biasing/biassing
he/she/it was biasing/biassing
we were biasing/biassing
you were biasing/biassing
they were biasing/biassing
Past Perfect
I had biased/biassed
you had biased/biassed
he/she/it had biased/biassed
we had biased/biassed
you had biased/biassed
they had biased/biassed
Future
I will bias
you will bias
he/she/it will bias
we will bias
you will bias
they will bias
Future Perfect
I will have biased/biassed
you will have biased/biassed
he/she/it will have biased/biassed
we will have biased/biassed
you will have biased/biassed
they will have biased/biassed
Future Continuous
I will be biasing/biassing
you will be biasing/biassing
he/she/it will be biasing/biassing
we will be biasing/biassing
you will be biasing/biassing
they will be biasing/biassing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been biasing/biassing
you have been biasing/biassing
he/she/it has been biasing/biassing
we have been biasing/biassing
you have been biasing/biassing
they have been biasing/biassing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been biasing/biassing
you will have been biasing/biassing
he/she/it will have been biasing/biassing
we will have been biasing/biassing
you will have been biasing/biassing
they will have been biasing/biassing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been biasing/biassing
you had been biasing/biassing
he/she/it had been biasing/biassing
we had been biasing/biassing
you had been biasing/biassing
they had been biasing/biassing
Conditional
I would bias
you would bias
he/she/it would bias
we would bias
you would bias
they would bias
Past Conditional
I would have biased/biassed
you would have biased/biassed
he/she/it would have biased/biassed
we would have biased/biassed
you would have biased/biassed
they would have biased/biassed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bias - a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
taboo, tabu - a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature
irrational hostility - extreme prejudice
partisanship, partiality - an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
experimenter bias - (psychology) bias introduced by an experimenter whose expectations about the outcome of the experiment can be subtly communicated to the participants in the experiment
homophobia - prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality
Islamophobia - prejudice against Muslims; "Muslim intellectuals are afraid of growing Islamophobia in the West"
racism - the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races
tendentiousness - an intentional and controversial bias
2.bias - a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabricbias - a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric
straight line - a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature; "the shortest distance between two points is a straight line"
Verb1.bias - influence in an unfair waybias - influence in an unfair way; "you are biasing my choice by telling me yours"
prejudice, prepossess - influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
handicap - attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
2.bias - cause to be biased
prejudice, prepossess - influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
slant, weight, angle - present with a bias; "He biased his presentation so as to please the share holders"
Adj.1.bias - slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabricbias - slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric; "a bias fold"
oblique - slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled; "the oblique rays of the winter sun"; "acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles"; "the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base"

bias

noun
2. slant, cross, angle, diagonal line The fabric, cut on the bias, hangs as light as a cobweb.
verb
1. influence, colour, weight, prejudice, distort, sway, warp, slant, predispose We mustn't allow it to bias our teaching.

bias

noun
1. An inclination for or against that inhibits impartial judgment:
adjective
Angled at a slant:
verb
1. To cause to have a prejudiced view:
2. To direct (material) to the interests of a particular group:
Informal: angle.
Translations
تحيُّـز، محاباة، تحامُـل)ثِقَلٌ يُسَبِّبُ المَيْليُأثِّرُ في، يوَجِّه في اتجاهٍ مُعَيَّن
ovlivnitpředpojatostpředsudekvýstředné vytíženízaujatost
ensidigforudindtagetgive et skævt billedeindbygget vægtpartiskhed
gera hlutdrægan, verîa fyrir áhrifumhlutdrægnimisòungi
apkrovašališkasšališkumassvarstis
aizspriedumsietekmētnoskaņotnosliecetieksme
nerovnomerný behzaujatosť
odklon
ağırlıkkayırmakön yargıpeşin hükümşişkinlik

bias

[ˈbaɪəs]
A. N
1. (= inclination) → propensión f, predisposición f (to, towards a) a course with a practical biasun curso orientado a la práctica
a right-wing biasuna tendencia derechista
2. (= prejudice) → prejuicio m (against contra) → parcialidad f
3. [of material] → sesgo m, bies m
to cut sth on the biascortar algo al sesgo or al bies
B. VTinfluir en
to bias sb for/against sthpredisponer a algn en pro/en contra de algo
to be bias(s)ed in favour ofestar predispuesto a or en favor de
to be bias(s)ed againsttener prejuicio contra
C. CPD bias binding N (Sew) → bies m, ribete m al bies

bias

[ˈbaɪəs] n
(= prejudice) → préjugé m, parti m pris
bias against sb/sth → préjugé contre qn/qch
bias in favour of sb/sth → parti pris en faveur de qn/qch
(= preference) → préférence f
to have a bias towards sth (= be more concerned about) → être axé(e) sur qch
(DRESSMAKING) on the bias → dans le biais

bias

vb: pret, ptp <biased or (US) biassed>
n
(= inclination, of course, newspaper etc) → (einseitige) Ausrichtung f (→ towards auf +acc); (of person)Vorliebe f(towards für); to have a bias against something (course, newspaper etc) → gegen etw eingestellt sein; (person) → eine Abneigung gegen etw haben; to have a left-/right-wing bias or a bias to the left/rightnach links/rechts ausgerichtet sein, einen Links-/Rechtsdrall haben (inf); to be without biasunvoreingenommen sein, ohne Vorurteile sein
(Sew) on the biasschräg zum Fadenlauf
(Sport, = shape of bowl) → Überhang m
vt report, article etc(einseitig) färben; (towards sth) → ausrichten (→ towards auf +acc); personbeeinflussen; he biased (Brit) or biassed (US) his article in favour of a historical approach to the problemin seinem Artikel ging er das Problem eher aus historischer Sicht an; to bias somebody toward(s)/against somethingjdn für/gegen etw einnehmen

bias

:
bias attack
n (US) = bias incident
bias binding
nSchrägband ntor -streifen m

bias

[ˈbaɪəs]
1. n
a. (inclination) bias (towards or in favour of)preferenza (per)
bias (against) (prejudice) → pregiudizio (contro)
a right-wing bias → una tendenza di destra
b. (of material) → sbieco
to cut sth on the bias → tagliare qc in sbieco
2. vt to bias sb towardsinfluenzare qn a favore di
to bias sb against → prevenire qn contro

bias

(ˈbaiəs) noun
1. favouring of one or other (side in an argument etc) rather than remaining neutral. a bias against people of other religions.
2. a weight on or in an object (eg a bowl for playing bowls) making it move in a particular direction.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈbias(s)ed
to influence (usually unfairly). He was biased by the report in the newspapers.
ˈbias(s)ed adjective
(negative unbias(s)ed) favouring one side rather than another. a biased judgement.

bi·as

n. parcialidad, prejuicio, tendencia.
References in classic literature ?
Woodhouse's life; and upon being applied to, he could not but acknowledge (though it seemed rather against the bias of inclination) that weddingcake might certainly disagree with manyperhaps with most people, unless taken moderately.
His temper might perhaps be a little soured by finding, like many others of his sex, that through some unaccountable bias in favour of beauty, he was the husband of a very silly woman,--but she knew that this kind of blunder was too common for any sensible man to be lastingly hurt by it.
Rochester: "eulogiums will not bias me; I shall judge for myself.
For, indeed, who is there alive that will not be swayed by his bias and partiality to the place of his birth?
If the Portuguese were biassed by any particular views, another bias equally powerful may have deflected the Frenchman from the truth, for they evidently write with contrary designs: the Portuguese, to make their mission seem more necessary, endeavoured to place in the strongest light the differences between the Abyssinian and Roman Church; but the great Ludolfus, laying hold on the advantage, reduced these later writers to prove their conformity.
So numerous indeed and so powerful are the causes which serve to give a false bias to the judgment, that we, upon many occasions, see wise and good men on the wrong as well as on the right side of questions of the first magnitude to society.
No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.
de la Tremouille--a Protestant, and seeing the king seldom--was of no party, he did not, in general, carry any bias into his social relations.
I have been taught these two aphorisms in Latin and in Greek; one is, I believe, from Phaedrus, and the other from Bias.
Sylvie was gentle in manners, intelligent in mind; she was even sincere, as far as her religion would permit her to be so, but her physical organization was defective; weak health stunted her growth and chilled her spirits, and then, destined as she was for the cloister, her whole soul was warped to a conventual bias, and in the tame, trained subjection of her manner, one read that she had already prepared herself for her future course of life, by giving up her independence of thought and action into the hands of some despotic confessor.
With this he left them and went onward to Nestor, the facile speaker of the Pylians, who was marshalling his men and urging them on, in company with Pelagon, Alastor, Chromius, Haemon, and Bias shepherd of his people.
Circumstances, and a certain bias of mind, have led me to take interest in such riddles, and it may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma of the kind which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.