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Definition of bias:

  1. A leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent; inclination.
  2. A slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias.
  3. A wedge- shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment ( as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
  4. 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.
  5. Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.
  6. In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias.
  7. Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.
  8. To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.

Synonyms:

separatrix, mold, preconceived idea, persuade, tendentiousness, warp, partiality, parti pris, stroke, slash, submit, straight, slanting, approach, prejudice, preconceived opinion, twine, incline, squint, preconception, solidus, predetermine, deflect, like, virgule, turn, preconceived notion, crook, curve, twist, diverge, bend, beveled, deviate, biased, partisanship, one-sidedness, oblique, stoop, diagonal, slanted, prepossession, cast, bow, yield.

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