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v. skewed, skew·ing, skews
1. To turn or place at an angle: skew the cutting edge of a plane.
2. To give a bias to; distort: The use of a limited sample skewed the findings of the study.
1. To take an oblique course or direction.
2. To look obliquely or sideways.
3. To display a statistical tendency toward: a television program that skews toward teenagers.
1. Placed or turned to one side; asymmetric.
2. Distorted or biased in meaning or effect.
3. Having a part that diverges, as in gearing.
a. Mathematics Neither parallel nor intersecting. Used of straight lines in space.
b. Statistics Not symmetrical about the mean. Used of distributions.
An oblique or slanting movement, position, or direction.

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

skew′ness n.


1. the quality or condition of being skew
2. (Statistics) statistics a measure of the symmetry of a distribution around its mean, esp the statistic B1 = m3/(m2)3/2, where m2 and m3 are respectively the second and third moments of the distribution around the mean. In a normal distribution, B1 = 0. See kurtosis


(ˈskyu nɪs)

n. Statistics.
1. asymmetry in a frequency distribution.
2. a measure of such asymmetry.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skewness - an oblique or slanting asymmetry
asymmetry, dissymmetry, imbalance - (mathematics) a lack of symmetry
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