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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
adv
  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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