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Meaning of BIAS

Pronunciation:  'bIus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
  2. [n]  a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side
  3. [adj]  slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric; "a bias fold"
  4. [v]  cause to be biased
  5. [v]  influence in an unfair way; "you are biasing my choice by telling me yours"
 

BIAS is a 4 letter word that starts with B.

 

 Synonyms: diagonal, oblique, preconception, predetermine, prejudice
 
 See Also: angle, experimenter bias, handicap, homophobia, irrational hostility, partiality, partisanship, prejudice, prejudice, prepossess, prepossess, racism, slant, straight line, taboo, tabu, tendentiousness, weight

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Bi"as\ (b[imac]"as), n.; pl. {Biases} (-[e^]z). [F.
    biasis, perh. fr. LL. bifax two-faced; L. bis + facies face.
    See {Bi-}, and cf. {Face}.]
    1. 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.
    
             Being ignorant that there is a concealed bias within
             the spheroid, which will . . . swerve away. --Sir W.
                                                   Scott.
    
    2. A leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward
       an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent;
       inclination.
    
             Strong love is a bias upon the thoughts. --South.
    
             Morality influences men's lives, and gives a bias to
             all their actions.                    --Locke.
    
    3. A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as
       the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
    
    4. A slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias.
    
    Syn: Prepossession; prejudice; partiality; inclination. See
         {Bent}.
    
    
  2. \Bi"as\, a.
    1. Inclined to one side; swelled on one side. [Obs.] --Shak.
    
    2. Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.
    
    
  3. \Bi"as\, adv.
    In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as,
    to cut cloth bias.
    
    
  4. \Bi"as\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Biased} (b[imac]"ast); p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Biasing}.]
    To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to
    influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.
    
          Me it had not biased in the one direction, nor should
          it have biased any just critic in the counter
          direction.                               --De Quincey.
    
    
 
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