Biases
Bias 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. [1913 Webster]

Being ignorant that there is a concealed bias within the spheroid, which will . . . swerve away. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. A leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent; inclination. [1913 Webster]

Strong love is a bias upon the thoughts. --South. [1913 Webster]

Morality influences men's lives, and gives a bias to all their actions. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

3. A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference. [1913 Webster]

4. A slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Prepossession; prejudice; partiality; inclination. See {Bent}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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