Nearby words

  1. biannual,
  2. biannulate,
  3. biarritz,
  4. biarticular,
  5. biarticulate,
  6. bias binding,
  7. bias-belted tire,
  8. bias-ply tire,
  9. biased,
  10. biasedly


    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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for biases

British Dictionary definitions for biases



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
  1. a bulge or weight inside one side of a bowl
  2. the curved course of such a bowl on the green
  1. 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
  2. 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; diagonala bias fold


obliquely; diagonally

verb -ases, -asing, -ased, -asses, -assing or -assed (tr)

(usually passive) to cause to have a bias; prejudice; influence
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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Word Origin and History for biases
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