- 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 biases
Koenig has not been a sterile, objective narrator; she has openly voiced her biases, concerns, and gut feelings all along.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End|Emily Shire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those who are by definition free of the biases that come with living near or working with those entrusted to protect us.
Each of us believes what we choose to believe, and facts have become bricks to shore up the fortress of our own biases.
At its worst, The Stranger merely recycles the biases, conventional wisdom, and cynical bitterness of inside-the-beltway habitués.
But it quickly becomes clear how their biases so blind them that they fail to ask far more critical questions.
The biases are all right; the sleeves will want altering, Miss Scudder.The Minister's Wooing|Harriet Beecher Stowe
Biases that had held one another in check now, temporarily at least, reinforce one another, and constitute a unified attitude.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
Pray look at the thing reasonably a moment, laying aside all biases of education and custom.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
Some things enter by way of the imagination, stimulated by emotional preferences and biases.Essays in Experimental Logic|John Dewey
The biases which may operate upon him will not be so likely to extend to the representatives of the people in that body.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|James D. Richardson
- 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.