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(1)   Slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric
"A bias fold"


(2)   A partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
(3)   A line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric


(4)   Cause to be biased
(5)   Influence in an unfair way
"You are biasing my choice by telling me yours"


  1. 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. ยง 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
  2. (textile) the diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric
  3. a voltage or current applied for example to a transistor electrode
  4. 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. To place bias upon; to influence.
    Our prejudices bias our views.