- to turn aside or swerve; take an oblique course.
- to look obliquely; squint.
- to give an oblique direction to; shape, form, or cut obliquely.
- Slang. to make conform to a specific concept, attitude, or planned result; slant: The television show is skewed to the young teenager.
- to distort; depict unfairly.
- having an oblique direction or position; slanting.
- having a part that deviates from a straight line, right angle, etc.: skew gearing.
- Mathematics. (of a dyad or dyadic) equal to the negative of its conjugate.
- (of an arch, bridge, etc.) having the centerline of its opening forming an oblique angle with the direction in which its spanning structure is built.
- Statistics. (of a distribution) having skewness.
- an oblique movement, direction, or position.
- Also called skew chisel. a wood chisel having a cutting edge set obliquely.
Origin of skew
Examples from the Web for skewed
Walking through the center of town near Dunne Park offers keen observers a hidden funfair of skewed geometry.Silicon Valley Mansions, Swallowed Alive
November 8, 2014
How this leads to dysfunction, racial tension, and a skewed justice system.Ferguson and the Urban-Suburban Race Conflict
August 18, 2014
On the summer programming spectrum, it skewed more towards “just plain silly,” sans the “but still curious” modifier.WGN’s ‘Manhattan’ Is Summer’s Best New Show. But Will Anyone Watch?
July 27, 2014
As we saw in the last presidential election, skewed polls can make people make big mistakes.Of Course Facebook Wants to Control Your Feelings
July 5, 2014
And so he bears within him the potential to rise above his skewed materialistic values and tap into a true sense of dignity.Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?
July 1, 2014
He skewed me a very nice one at a Louis a month, and I paid in advance.
Sara skewed no surprise nor confusion at the sight of me, but I was petrified.
He skewed one he had had for Bilbao, but the official was not satisfied.
Judges are identified politically and their decisions are often skewed.After the Rain
So saying, he skewed me in an off-hand way a bill of exchange on Rome for three thousand crowns.
- placed in or turning into an oblique position or course
- machinery having a component that is at an angle to the main axis of an assembly or is in some other way asymmetricala skew bevel gear
- composed of or being elements that are neither parallel nor intersecting as, for example, two lines not lying in the same plane in a three-dimensional space
- (of a curve) not lying in a plane
- (of a statistical distribution) not having equal probabilities above and below the mean; non-normal
- distorted or biased
- an oblique, slanting, or indirect course or position
- psychol the system of relationships in a family in which one parent is extremely dominating while the other parent tends to be meekly compliant
- to take or cause to take an oblique course or direction
- (intr) to look sideways; squint
- (tr) to place at an angle
- (tr) to distort or bias
Word Origin and History for skewed
late 15c., "to turn aside" (intransitive), from Old North French eskiuer "shy away from, avoid," Old French eschiver (see eschew). Transitive sense of "turn (something) aside" is from 1570s. Meaning "depict unfairly" first recorded 1872, on notion of being "give oblique direction to," hence "to distort, to make slant." Statistical sense dates from 1929. Related: Skewed; skewing. The adjectival meaning "slanting, turned to one side" is recorded from c.1600, from the verb; noun meaning "slant, deviation" first attested 1680s.
- A transformation of coordinates in which one coordinate is displaced in one direction in proportion to its distance from a coordinate plane or axis. A rectangle, for example, that undergoes skew is transformed into a parallelogram. Also called shear