WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bi•as /ˈbaɪəs/USA pronunciation n., adj., v., -ased, -as•ingor (esp. Brit.)-assed, -as•sing.
n. [countable] a tendency toward judging something without full knowledge of it;
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.
adj. [usually: before a noun] Textiles(of the cut of a fabric) diagonal; slanted.
v. [+ object] to influence unfairly:The lawyer made a tearful plea to bias the jury. idiom
    on the bias,
    • in the diagonal direction of the cloth.
    • out of line;

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.

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bias /ˈbaɪəs/ n
  1. mental tendency or inclination, esp an irrational preference or prejudice
  2. a diagonal line or cut across the weave of a fabric
  3. the voltage applied to an electronic device or system to establish suitable working conditions
  4. a bulge or weight inside one side of a bowl
  5. the curved course of such a bowl on the green
  6. 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
  1. obliquely; diagonally
vb ( -ases, -asing, -ased, -asses, -assing, -assed)(transitive)
  1. (usually passive) to cause to have a bias; prejudice; influence
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French biais, from Old Provençal, perhaps ultimately from Greek epikarsios oblique

ˈbiased, ˈbiassed adj

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