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bias

bi·as

bias

 
 
pronunciation:
baI ihs
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, adverb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a line diagonal to the grain, esp. of a woven fabric.
Cut the fabric on the bias.
synonyms:
diagonal, slant
similar words:
angle, bevel, cant, inclination, skew, slope, tilt
definition 2: an inclination or preference that influences judgment; prejudice.
The report showed a strong bias in favor of the factory owners.The decision reflected bias on the part of the judges.
 
synonyms:
inclination, leaning, narrow-mindedness, partiality, preconception, prejudice, slant, warp
antonyms:
disinterest, impartiality
similar words:
bent, favor, favoritism, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, proneness, propensity, tendency
definition 3: an irregularity or distortion, as in a ball, causing deviation from the intended path.
synonyms:
curve, distortion
similar words:
bulge, irregularity
definition 4: a voltage applied to an electronic device, such as a transistor or a vacuum tube, to establish a reference level of operation.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: folded or cut on a diagonal.
a bias cut of material
synonyms:
cater-cornered, diagonal, kitty-cornered
similar words:
oblique, slanting, sloping
 
part of speech: adverb
definition: in a slanting way; diagonally.
The sheet was cut bias.
synonyms:
cater-cornered, diagonally, kitty-cornered
similar words:
obliquely, slantwise
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: biased, biases, biasing
definition 1: to influence or prejudice (someone).
His sloppy appearance biased the judge against him.
synonyms:
incline, jaundice, predispose, prejudice, prepossess
similar words:
color, influence, slant, sway, warp
definition 2: to apply a low voltage to.
derivations: biased (adj.), biasedly (adv.)
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