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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  Prepossession;  prejudice;  partiality;  inclination.  See 
  {Bent}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bias  \Bi"as\,  a. 
  1.  Inclined  to  one  side  swelled  on  one  side  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Cut  slanting  or  diagonally,  as  cloth. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bias  \Bi"as\,  adv 
  In  a  slanting  manner;  crosswise;  obliquely;  diagonally;  as 
  to  cut  cloth  bias. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bias  \Bi"as\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Biased}  (b[imac]"ast);  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Biasing}.] 
  To  incline  to  one  side  to  give  a  particular  direction  to  to 
  influence;  to  prejudice;  to  prepossess. 
 
  Me  it  had  not  biased  in  the  one  direction,  nor  should 
  it  have  biased  any  just  critic  in  the  counter 
  direction.  --De  Quincey. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bias 
  adj  :  slanting  diagonally  across  the  grain  of  a  fabric;  "a  bias 
  fold" 
  n  1:  a  partiality  that  prevents  objective  consideration  of  an 
  issue  or  situation  [syn:  {prejudice}] 
  2:  a  straight  line  that  is  not  at  right  angles  to  a  side  [syn: 
  {diagonal}] 
  v  1:  give  a  bias  to  as  in  a  race 
  2:  cause  to  be  biased  [syn:  {predetermine}] 




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