Meaning of BIAS in English

BIAS

n. & v.

--n.

1. (often foll. by towards, against) a predisposition or prejudice.

2 Statistics a systematic distortion of a statistical result due to a factor not allowed for in its derivation.

3 an edge cut obliquely across the weave of a fabric.

4 Sport a the irregular shape given to a bowl. b the oblique course this causes it to run.

5 Electr. a steady voltage, magnetic field, etc., applied to an electronic system or device.

--v.tr. (biased, biasing; biassed, biassing)

1. (esp. as biased adj.) influence (usu. unfairly); prejudice.

2 give a bias to.

Phrases and idioms:

bias binding a strip of fabric cut obliquely and used to bind edges. on the bias obliquely, diagonally.

Etymology: F biais, of unkn. orig.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.