- 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 skewsbias, misrepresent, alter, slant, doctor, color, curve, contort, twist, warp, fake, fudge, falsify, change, bend, misshape
Examples from the Web for skews
Contemporary Examples of skews
And it skews our elections heavily toward certain states, as we know.Would a National Popular Vote Be Better?
November 6, 2012
It skews younger and more female than sites such as eRobertParker.What Women Drink
August 22, 2011
The workforce now skews female, and men have been hit harder by the recession, forcing women into the breadwinner role.The Power Mom Backlash
December 6, 2010
The average U.S. congregation has been shedding men for years, and now skews 61% female and 39% male.God vs. The Saints
February 6, 2010
Historical Examples of skews
This is a most important feature because if your frame "skews" or twists you cannot keep it straight in the air.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
- 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
Word Origin and History for skews
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