Idioms

    on the bias,
    1. in the diagonal direction of the cloth.
    2. out of line; slanting.

Origin of bias

1520–30; < Middle French biais oblique < Old Provençal, probably < Vulgar Latin *(e)bigassius < Greek epikársios oblique, equivalent to epi- epi- + -karsios oblique
Related formssub·bi·as, nounsu·per·bi·as, noun

Synonym study

1. Bias, prejudice mean a strong inclination of the mind or a preconceived opinion about something or someone. A bias may be favorable or unfavorable: bias in favor of or against an idea. Prejudice implies a preformed judgment even more unreasoning than bias, and usually implies an unfavorable opinion: prejudice against people of another religion.

Definition for bias (2 of 4)

Bias

[ bahy-uh s ]
/ ˈbaɪ əs /

noun

flourished 570 b.c., Greek philosopher, born in Ionia.

Definition for bias (3 of 4)

Bia

[ bahy-uh ]
/ ˈbaɪ ə /

noun

the ancient Greek personification of force: daughter of Pallas and Styx and sister of Cratus, Nike, and Zelos.

Definition for bias (4 of 4)

Beas

or Bi·as

[ bee-ahs ]
/ ˈbi ɑs /

noun

a river in NW India, flowing SW into the Sutlej River: one of the five rivers of the Punjab. 290 miles (470 km) long.
Ancient Hyph·a·sis [hif-uh-sis] /ˈhɪf ə sɪs/.
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British Dictionary definitions for bias

Derived Formsbiased or biassed, adjective

Word Origin for bias

C16: from Old French biais, from Old Provençal, perhaps ultimately from Greek epikarsios oblique
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