- a slight bulge or greater weight on one side of the ball or bowl.
- the curved course made by such a ball when rolled.
verb (used with object), bi·ased, bi·as·ing or (especially British) bi·assed, bi·as·sing.
- bias binding,
- bias-belted tire,
- bias-ply tire,
- in the diagonal direction of the cloth.
- out of line; slanting.
Origin of bias
Examples from the Web for bias
Unless there is “a clear national security or law enforcement need,” the bias would lean toward disclosure.
“There was definitely some bias built up there that was based on my past success and previous exposure,” he says.Nick Jonas Is All Grown Up, Clutching His Penis and Everything|Kevin Fallon|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A basic fact will remain: The bias, whatever its components, is nauseating.Why the Right Thinks Obama’s a Narcissist—and Why They’re Wrong|John McWhorter|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I asked Ferris if there was a bias or a hesitancy to recruit Native American kids.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own|Robert Silverman|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This highlights the problem with much of the research out there, which is bias.
The bias of his character, the visions of his reveries, and the cast of his figure and physiognomy, were decidedly military.The Entail|John Galt
Nature intended him to play at bowls, and therefore clapt a bias upon him.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)|Isaac Disraeli
The rifle was laid in the blanket somewhat on a bias to the rectangle blanket form.Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Trace the girl and boy (Fig. 455) on bias cloth as you did the frog.Indoor and Outdoor Recreations for Girls|Lina Beard
Vasari's bias against the Umbrian master is too marked for any of his attacks to be accepted without corroboration.
- a bulge or weight inside one side of a bowl
- the curved course of such a bowl on the green
- 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
- if T is an estimator of the parameter θ, the expected value of (T–θ)
verb -ases, -asing, -ased, -asses, -assing or -assed (tr)
Word Origin for bias
1520s, from French biais "slant, slope, oblique," also figuratively, "expedient, means" (13c., originally in Old French a past participle adjective, "sideways, askance, against the grain"), of unknown origin, probably from Old Provençal biais, with cognates in Old Catalan and Sardinian; possibly from Vulgar Latin *(e)bigassius, from Greek epikarsios "athwart, crosswise, at an angle," from epi- "upon" + karsios "oblique," from PIE *krs-yo-, from root *(s)ker- "to cut." It became a noun in Old French. "[A] technical term in the game of bowls, whence come all the later uses of the word" [OED]. Transferred sense of "predisposition, prejudice" is from 1570s in English.
For what a man had rather were true he more readily believes. Therefore he rejects difficult things from impatience of research; sober things, because they narrow hope; the deeper things of nature, from superstition; the light of experience, from arrogance and pride, lest his mind should seem to be occupied with things mean and transitory; things not commonly believed, out of deference to the opinion of the vulgar. Numberless in short are the ways, and sometimes imperceptible, in which the affections colour and infect the understanding. [Francis Bacon, "Novum Organum," 1620]
1620s, literal and figurative, from bias (n.). Related: Biased; biasing.