a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion, especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned: illegal bias against older job applicants;the magazine’s bias toward art rather than photography;our strong bias in favor of the idea.
unreasonably hostile feelings or opinions about a social group; prejudice: accusations of racial bias.
an oblique or diagonal line of direction, especially across a woven fabric.
Statistics. a systematic as opposed to a random distortion of a statistic as a result of sampling procedure.
a slight bulge or greater weight on one side of the ball or bowl.
the curved course made by such a ball when rolled.
Electronics. the application of a steady voltage or current to an active device, as a diode or transistor, to produce a desired mode of operation.
a high-frequency alternating current applied to the recording head of a tape recorder during recording in order to reduce distortion.
cut, set, folded, etc., diagonally: This material requires a bias cut.
in a diagonal manner; obliquely; slantingly: to cut material bias.
to cause to hold or exhibit a particular bias; to influence, especially unfairly: a tearful plea designed to bias the jury;a survey biased toward highly educated people.
Electronics. to apply a steady voltage or current to (the input of an active device).
Idioms about bias
on the bias,
in the diagonal direction of the cloth.
out of line; slanting.
- sub·bi·as, noun
- su·per·bi·as, noun
Other definitions for Bias (2 of 2)
flourished 570 b.c., Greek philosopher, born in Ionia.
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How to use bias in a sentence
It also seeks to build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, by addressing systemic racism and bias in order to help save lives.Rep. Karen Bass Reintroduces George Floyd Policing Bill in Congress | Shani Parrish | February 26, 2021 | Essence.com
A Sia supporter might claim that I already had my mind made up about the movie, and reviewed it through my preexisting bias.Sia's Golden Globe-Nominated Music Isn’t Just Offensive. It’s Also Bad Art—and the Distinction Matters | Sarah Kurchak | February 25, 2021 | Time
Besides the very real risk of the tech being biased against minorities, the technology also carries with it an uneasy sense that we’re creeping towards a surveillance state.Facial Recognition Drones Will Use AI to Take the Perfect Picture of You | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | February 23, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Implicit social cognition is what psychologists describe as the cognitive processes that occur outside of our conscious awareness or control, including all the associated attitudes, stereotypes, and lingering biases.Can We Please Stop Calling Them “Asian Fit” Goggles? | Benny Chen | February 22, 2021 | Outside Online
“Once you see where the lampposts really are, it becomes more clear that there is some serious selection bias going on with the discovery of these objects,” Napier says.Signs of a hidden Planet Nine in the solar system may not hold up | Lisa Grossman | February 22, 2021 | Science News
Community activists attack racial bias in policing, so police get defensive?
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Indeed, at least one study showed that people who watch the program develop more bias against the obese.‘The Biggest Loser’ Could Be TV’s Most Important Show Ever | Daniela Drake | September 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is a pro-cable bias that seems to forgive so-so shows and so-so series and judges network series harshly.‘The Good Wife’ Creators on the Premiere’s Big Cary Twist, Will’s Death, and More | Kevin Fallon | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dr. bias deserves the more credit for his progress in life, as he is entirely self-made.
Perhaps the following consideration will render both the "bias" and the "first-cousinship" at least intelligible.Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8 | Various
I endeavoured to divest myself of all selfish bias, and loved more and more to inquire into religious subjects.Fox's Book of Martyrs | John Foxe
He not only knocked off a bias patch of skin, but gave me a couple of black eyes that kept me at home for a week.The Red Cow and Her Friends | Peter McArthur
The majority believe that the Church has a capitalistic bias.The Necessity of Atheism | Dr. D.M. Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for bias
mental tendency or inclination, esp an irrational preference or prejudice
a diagonal line or cut across the weave of a fabric
electronics the voltage applied to an electronic device or system to establish suitable working conditions
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)
an inaudible high-frequency signal used to improve the quality of a tape recording
slanting obliquely; diagonal: a bias fold
(usually passive) to cause to have a bias; prejudice; influence
- biased or biassed, adjective
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