n. & v.
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.