Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of BIAS

Pronunciation:  'bIus

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.
    2. A leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward
       an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent;
             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
  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.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: a thing for, aberrancy, aberration, across, affect, affinity, angle, angle off, animus, aptitude, aptness, aslant, aslope, athwart, atilt, bag, bear off, bend, bend to, bendwise, bent, bevel, beveled, biased, biaswise, branching off, canting, careening, cast, catercorner, catercornered, catercornerways, character, chosen kind, circuitousness, color, conatus, conduce, conduciveness, constitution, contribute, corner, cornerways, cornerwise, crook, crossways, crosswise, cup of tea, curve, declination, deflect, delight, departure, detour, deviance, deviancy, deviate, deviation, deviousness, diagonal, diagonally, diagonalwise, diathesis, diffract, diffuse, digression, discrimination, discursion, disperse, dispose, disposition, distort, divagate, divagation, divarication, diverge, divergence, diversion, divert, dogleg, double, drift, drifting, druthers, eagerness, eccentricity, errantry, excursion, excursus, exorbitation, fancy, fascination, favor, favoritism, feeling for, forejudgment, garble, go, grain, hairpin, have a tendency, head, idiosyncrasy, impulse, inclination, inclinational, inclinatory, incline, inclined, inclining, indirection, individualism, induce, inequality, influence, interest, involvement, jaundice, jaundiced eye, kidney, kittycorner, lead, lean, leaning, liability, liking, listing, look to, lurch, make, makeup, mental set, mettle, mind, mind-set, misconstrue, misdirect, misinterpret, misrender, misrepresent, misuse, mold, move, mutual affinity, mutual attraction, nature, nepotism, oblique, oblique angle, oblique figure, oblique line, obliquity, on the bias, one-sidedness, out of plumb, out of square, parti pris, partialism, partiality, particular choice, partisanism, partisanship, penchant, pererration, personal choice, persuade, pervert, pitched, point, point to, preconception, predilection, predispose, predisposition, preference, preferential treatment, prejudgment, prejudice, prejudice against, prejudice the issue, prepossess, prepossession, probability, proclivity, prompt, proneness, propensity, pull, raking, rambling, readiness, recumbent, redound to, refract, rhomboid, scatter, scratch comma, sensitivity to, separatrix, serve, set, set toward, sheer, shelving, shelvy, shift, shifting, shifting course, shifting path, show a tendency, sideling, sidelong, skew, slant, slanted, slanting, slantways, slantwise, slash, sloped, sloping, slue, soft spot, soften up, solidus, stamp, standpoint, strain, straying, streak, stripe, style, susceptibility, sway, sweep, swerve, swerving, swinging, sympathy, tack, taint, taste, temper, temperament, tend, tendency, thing, thwart, tilted, tilting, tinge, tipped, tipping, tipsy, tone, torture, transverse, trend, tropism, turn, turn of mind, turning, twist, type, undetachment, undispassionateness, unneutrality, variation, varnish, veer, verge, viewpoint, virgule, wandering, warp, weakness, wear down, weigh with, weight, willingness, work, work toward, yaw, zigzag