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  Dictionary Definition of bias

bias
noun
1. an oblique or diagonal line of direction, especially across a woven fabric: to cut cloth on the bias.
2. a particular tendency or inclination, especially one which prevents unprejudiced consideration of a question: As a historian I know that bias infiltrates our opinions and judgements, unless we are careful. -- GEOFFREY BLAINEY, 1984.
3. Bowls a. bulge or a greater weight on one side of the bowl, causing it to swerve. b. the swerved course of a bowl, due to shape or weighting.
4. Electronics the voltage applied in an electronic device to govern its operation.
-- adjective
5. cut, set, folded, etc., diagonally.
-- adverb
6. slantingly; obliquely.
-- verb (t) ( biased, biasing )
7. to influence, usually unfairly; prejudice; warp: I do not mean to bias your judgment -- CATHERINE HELEN SPENCE, 1867.
[F biais slant, probably from L biaxius having two axes]