- 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.
- in the diagonal direction of the cloth.
- out of line; slanting.
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Origin of biased
Related Words for biassedintolerance, favoritism, tilt, bigotry, prejudice, preference, leaning, unfairness, tendency, inclination, sway, slant, distort, incline, penchant, bent, predisposition, turn, prepossession, spin
Examples from the Web for biassed
Historical Examples of biassed
No spirit of fairness can be expected from so biassed a judge.More Letters of Charles Darwin
Perhaps he was biassed by the opinion the fair Maria had expressed.The Three Lieutenants
As usual, men's ideas were biassed by the general nature of their opinions.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
It may be thought by some that this narration is a biassed one.Tracks of a Rolling Stone
Henry J. Coke
Page 10: "biassed" changed to "biased" (I must be naturally biased).Old Flies in New Dresses
Charles Edward Walker
- 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]
1610s in reference to bowling, 1660s in reference to persons; past participle adjective from bias (v.).
1620s, literal and figurative, from bias (n.). Related: Biased; biasing.