- to turn aside or swerve; take an oblique course.
- to look obliquely; squint.
- to give an oblique direction to; shape, form, or cut obliquely.
- Slang. to make conform to a specific concept, attitude, or planned result; slant: The television show is skewed to the young teenager.
- to distort; depict unfairly.
- having an oblique direction or position; slanting.
- having a part that deviates from a straight line, right angle, etc.: skew gearing.
- Mathematics. (of a dyad or dyadic) equal to the negative of its conjugate.
- (of an arch, bridge, etc.) having the centerline of its opening forming an oblique angle with the direction in which its spanning structure is built.
- Statistics. (of a distribution) having skewness.
- an oblique movement, direction, or position.
- Also called skew chisel. a wood chisel having a cutting edge set obliquely.
Origin of skew
Related Words for skewbias, misrepresent, alter, slant, doctor, color, curve, contort, twist, warp, fake, fudge, falsify, change, bend, misshape
Examples from the Web for skew
Contemporary Examples of skew
In Scotland, hourly wage inequality matches the rest of the United Kingdom once the skew of London is factored out.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
Other colleges took more overt actions to skew their Clery Act numbers.
There are a number of inadvertent and purposeful ways for universities to skew their Clery Act numbers.
Using capital gains but not government income would tend to skew the results toward the wealthy.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows, April 27
April 27, 2014
I think we skew a little younger than some of the other shows.How the Dark and Stylish Drama ‘Suits’ Became USA’s Best Show
March 5, 2014
Historical Examples of skew
Thus we have squire from escuyer (êcuyer), skew from Old Fr.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
The arch is skew or oblique; and the gate is double, like those of Volterra and Cosa.The Story of Perugia
If it is more than a quarter of an inch it should be sized and then removed by the skew.Advanced Toy Making for Schools
David M. Mitchell
The window, in the skew side of the room, had shabby red curtains.Z. Marcas
Honore de Balzac
I entreat you to give me permission to skew your ten stanzas to the abbe.The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. I (of VI), "Venetian Years"
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- placed in or turning into an oblique position or course
- machinery having a component that is at an angle to the main axis of an assembly or is in some other way asymmetricala skew bevel gear
- composed of or being elements that are neither parallel nor intersecting as, for example, two lines not lying in the same plane in a three-dimensional space
- (of a curve) not lying in a plane
- (of a statistical distribution) not having equal probabilities above and below the mean; non-normal
- distorted or biased
- an oblique, slanting, or indirect course or position
- psychol the system of relationships in a family in which one parent is extremely dominating while the other parent tends to be meekly compliant
- to take or cause to take an oblique course or direction
- (intr) to look sideways; squint
- (tr) to place at an angle
- (tr) to distort or bias
Word Origin for skew
late 15c., "to turn aside" (intransitive), from Old North French eskiuer "shy away from, avoid," Old French eschiver (see eschew). Transitive sense of "turn (something) aside" is from 1570s. Meaning "depict unfairly" first recorded 1872, on notion of being "give oblique direction to," hence "to distort, to make slant." Statistical sense dates from 1929. Related: Skewed; skewing. The adjectival meaning "slanting, turned to one side" is recorded from c.1600, from the verb; noun meaning "slant, deviation" first attested 1680s.
- A transformation of coordinates in which one coordinate is displaced in one direction in proportion to its distance from a coordinate plane or axis. A rectangle, for example, that undergoes skew is transformed into a parallelogram. Also called shear