Definition of Bias

1. Noun. A partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation.

2. Verb. Influence in an unfair way. "You are biasing my choice by telling me yours"
Generic synonyms: Prejudice, Prepossess
Specialized synonyms: Handicap

3. Adjective. Slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric. "A bias fold"
Similar to: Oblique

4. Noun. A line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric.
Exact synonyms: Diagonal
Generic synonyms: Straight Line
Derivative terms: Diagonal

5. Verb. Cause to be biased.
Exact synonyms: Predetermine
Generic synonyms: Prejudice, Prepossess
Specialized synonyms: Angle, Slant, Weight

Definition of Bias

1. n. A weight on the side of the ball used in the game of bowls, or a tendency imparted to the ball, which turns it from a straight line.

2. a. Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.

3. adv. In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias.

4. v. t. To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.

Definition of Bias

1. Proper noun. One of the Seven Sages of Greece from Priene living in the 6th century BC. ¹

2. Noun. inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection ¹

3. Noun. (countable textiles) the diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric ¹

4. Noun. (electronics) a voltage or current applied for example to a transistor electrode ¹

5. Noun. (statistics) the difference between the expectation of the sample estimator and the true population value, which reduces the representativeness of the estimator by systematically distorting it ¹

6. Noun. (sports) In the game of crown green bowls: a weight added to one side of a bowl so that as it rolls, it will follow a curved rather than a straight path; the oblique line followed by such a bowl; the lopsided shape or structure of such a bowl. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To place bias upon; to influence. ¹

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Definition of Bias

1. to prejudice [v -ASED, -ASING, -ASES or -ASSED, -ASSING, -ASSES] : BIASEDLY [adv] - See also: prejudice

Medical Definition of Bias

1. In a clinical trial, bias refers to effects that a conclusion that may be incorrect as, for example, when a researcher or patient knows what treatment is being given. To avoid bias, a blinded study may be done. Any deviation of results or inferences from the truth, or processes leading to such deviation. Bias can result from several sources: one-sided or systematic variations in measurement from the true value (systematic error); flaws in study design; deviation of inferences, interpretations, or analyses based on flawed data or data collection; etc. There is no sense of prejudice or subjectivity implied in the assessment of bias under these conditions. (27 Jun 1999)

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