Bias

Definition of Bias

Bi´as   Pronunciation: bī´ast
n.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.
a.1.Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.
2.Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.
adv.1.In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias.
v. t.1.To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.
[imp. & p. p. Biased (bī"ast); p. pr. & vb. n. Biasing.]
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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