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  1  definition  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}. 




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