see also: Bias
  • (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈbaɪəs/


  1. (countable, uncountable) Inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 4.
      nature has pointed out a mixed kind of life as most suitable to the human race, and secretly admonished them to allow none of these biasses to draw too much
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], chapter 4, in An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗, book I, page 12 ↗:
      Morality […] give[s] a bias to all their [men's] actions.
  2. (countable, textiles) The diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric.
  3. (countable, textiles) A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (such as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
  4. (electronics) A voltage or current applied to an electronic device, such as a transistor electrode, to move its operating point to a desired part of its transfer function.
  5. (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.
  6. (sports) In the games of crown green bowls and lawn 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. In lawn bowls, the curved course is caused only by the shape of the bowl. The use of weights is prohibited.[from 1560s]
    • 1822, [Walter Scott], Peveril of the Peak. [...] In Four Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., OCLC 2392685 ↗:
  7. (South Korean pop culture fandom slang) A person's favourite member of a K-pop band.
    • 2015, "Top 10 Tips For Travelling To Korea", UKP Magazine, Winter 2015, page 37 ↗:
      The last thing you want is for your camera to die when you finally get that selca with your bias.
    • 2019, Katy Sprinkel, The Big Book of BTS: The Deluxe Unofficial Bangtan Book, unnumbered page ↗:
      Sweet, sensitive, and impossibly sassy, V is many fans' bias, and an integral member of the group.
    • 2019, Joelle Weatherford, "Can't stop the K-Pop train", The Eagle (Northeast Texas Community College), 7 May 2019, page 8 ↗:
      One in particular, Minho, really caught my eye. He became what is called my bias or favorite member.
Translations Translations
  • German: Bias, Vorspannung
  • Italian: polarizzazione
  • Russian: смеще́ние
Translations Verb

bias (biases, present participle biasing; past biased, past participle biased)

  1. (transitive) To place bias upon; to influence.
    Our prejudices bias our views.
    • 2002, H. Dijkstra, J. Libby, [ Overview of silicon detectors], Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 494, 86–93, p. 87.
      On the ohmic side n+ is implanted to provide the ohmic contact to bias the detector.
Translations Adjective


  1. Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.
    • circa 1601 William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act IV, Scene 5,
      Thou, trumpet, there’s my purse.
      Now crack thy lungs, and split thy brazen pipe:
      Blow, villain, till thy sphered bias cheek
      Outswell the colic of puff’d Aquilon:
  2. Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Italian: di sbieco

bias (not comparable)

  1. In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally.
    to cut cloth bias
Proper noun
  1. (historical) One of the Seven Sages of Greece from Priene, living in the 6th century BC.
  • Russian: Биа́нт

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