bias

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

c. 1520 in the sense "oblique line". As a technical term in the game of bowls c. 1560, whence the figurative use (c. 1570).

From French biais, adverbially ("sideways, askance, against the grain") c. 1250, as a noun ("oblique angle, slant") from the late 16th century. The French word is likely from Old Occitan biais, itself of obscure origin, most likely from an unattested Latin biaxius "with two axes".

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Noun[edit]

bias (countable and uncountable, plural biases or biasses)

  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]
  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.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:bias.

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Verb[edit]

bias (third-person singular simple present biases or biasses, present participle biasing or biassing, simple past and past participle biased or biassed)

  1. (transitive) To place bias upon; to influence.
    Our prejudices bias our views.
  2. (electronics) This term needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
    • 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.

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Adjective[edit]

bias (comparative more bias, superlative most bias)

  1. Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.
  2. Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.

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  • (inclined to one side): biased

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Adverb[edit]

bias (not comparable)

  1. In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally.
    to cut cloth bias

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Indonesian[edit]

Indonesian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia id

Etymology[edit]

From English bias, from French biais.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈbi.as]
  • Hyphenation: bi‧as

Noun[edit]

bias

  1. bias,
    1. inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection.
    2. (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.
    3. (physics) the turning or bending of any wave, such as a light or sound wave, when it passes from one medium into another of different optical density.
    4. (colloquial) a person's favourite member of a idol group, such as K-pop band.

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Old Irish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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Verb[edit]

bias

  1. third-person singular future relative of at·tá

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

bias

  1. third-person singular future relative of benaid

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
bias bias
pronounced with /v(ʲ)-/
mbias
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.