WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
bi•as /ˈbaɪəs/USA pronunciation
n., adj., v., -ased, -as•ingor (esp. Brit.) -assed, -as•sing.
a tendency toward judging something without full knowledge of it;adj. [usually: before a noun]
prejudice:He has a bias against anyone who is black.
a particular tendency toward something:She has a natural bias for handwork and athletics.
Textilesa slanting or diagonal line of direction, esp. across a woven fabric.
Textiles(of the cut of a fabric) diagonal; slanted.
v. [~ + object]
to influence unfairly:The lawyer made a tearful plea to bias the jury.
bias and prejudice both mean a strong and unfairly formed inclination of the mind oropinion about something or someone. A bias may be favorable or unfavorable: bias in favor of or against an idea. prejudice implies a judgment already formed and even more unreasoning than bias, and usually implies an unfavorable opinion: prejudice against a race.
on the bias,
- in the diagonal direction of the cloth.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bias /ˈbaɪəs/ n
- mental tendency or inclination, esp an irrational preference or prejudice
- a diagonal line or cut across the weave of a fabric
- the voltage applied to an electronic device or system to establish suitable working conditions
- a bulge or weight inside one side of a bowl
- the curved course of such a bowl on the green
- 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
vb ( -ases, -asing, -ased, -asses, -assing, -assed)(transitive)
- obliquely; diagonally
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French biais, from Old Provençal, perhaps ultimately from Greek epikarsios obliqueˈbiased, ˈbiassed adj
- (usually passive) to cause to have a bias; prejudice; influence
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