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BI'AS, n.

1. A weight on the side of a bowl which turns it from a straight line.

2. A leaning of the mind; inclination; prepossession; propensity towards an object, not leaving the mind indifferent; as, education gives a bias to the mind.

3. That which causes the mind to lean or incline from a state of indifference, to a particular object or course.

BI'AS, v.t. To incline to one side; to warp; to give a particular direction to the mind; to prejudice; to prepossess. The judgment is often biassed by interest.

This word is used by Shakespeare as an adverb, bias and thwart,i.e. aslope; and as an adjective.

Blow till they bias cheek

Outswell the cholic of puft Aquilon.



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BI'AS, n.

1. A weight on the side of a bowl which turns it from a straight line.

2. A leaning of the mind; inclination; prepossession; propensity towards an object, not leaving the mind indifferent; as, education gives a bias to the mind.

3. That which causes the mind to lean or incline from a state of indifference, to a particular object or course.

BI'AS, v.t. To incline to one side; to warp; to give a particular direction to the mind; to prejudice; to prepossess. The judgment is often biassed by interest.

This word is used by Shakespeare as an adverb, bias and thwart,i.e. aslope; and as an adjective.

Blow till they bias cheek

Outswell the cholic of puft Aquilon.

BI'AS, n. [Arm. bihays or vies; Fr. biais, a slope; biaiser, to use shifts, evasions or tricks.]

  1. A weight on the side of a bowl which turns it from a straight line.
  2. A leaning of the mind; inclination; prepossession; propensity toward an object, not leaving the mind indifferent; as, education gives a bias to the mind.
  3. That which causes the mind to lean or incline from a state of indifference, to a particular object or course.

BI'AS, v.t.

To incline to one side; to warp; to give a particular direction to the mind; to prejudice; to prepossess. The judgment is often biased by interest. This word is used by Shakspeare as an adverb, bias and thwart, i. e. aslope; and as an adjective. Blow till thy bias cheek / Outswell the colic of puft Aquilon.


Bi"as
  1. 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.

    Being ignorant that there is a concealed bias within the spheroid, which will . . . swerve away.
    Sir W. Scott.

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

    [Obs.] Shak.
  3. In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias.
  4. To incline to one side] to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.

    Me it had not biased in the one direction, nor should it have biased any just critic in the counter direction.
    De Quincey.

  5. A leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent; inclination.

    Strong love is a bias upon the thoughts.
    South.

    Morality influences men's lives, and gives a bias to all their actions.
    Locke.

  6. Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.
  7. A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
  8. A slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias.

    Syn. -- Prepossession; prejudice; partiality; inclination. See Bent.

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Bias

BI'AS, noun

1. A weight on the side of a bowl which turns it from a straight line.

2. A leaning of the mind; inclination; prepossession; propensity towards an object, not leaving the mind indifferent; as, education gives a bias to the mind.

3. That which causes the mind to lean or incline from a state of indifference, to a particular object or course.

BI'AS, verb transitive To incline to one side; to warp; to give a particular direction to the mind; to prejudice; to prepossess. The judgment is often biassed by interest.

This word is used by Shakespeare as an adverb, bias and thwart, i.e. aslope; and as an adjective.

Blow till they bias cheek

Outswell the cholic of puft Aquilon.

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