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BIAS (biassed, biassing)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bias mean? 

BIAS (noun)
  The noun BIAS has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: BIAS used as a noun is rare.


BIAS (adjective)
  The adjective BIAS has 1 sense:

1. slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric

  Familiarity information: BIAS used as an adjective is very rare.


BIAS (verb)
  The verb BIAS has 2 senses:

1. influence in an unfair way
2. cause to be biased

  Familiarity information: BIAS used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BIAS (noun)


Sense 1bias [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

bias; prejudice; preconception

Hypernyms ("bias" is a kind of...):

partiality; partisanship (an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bias"):

taboo; tabu (a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature)

irrational hostility (extreme prejudice)

experimenter bias ((psychology) bias introduced by an experimenter whose expectations about the outcome of the experiment can be subtly communicated to the participants in the experiment)

homophobia (prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality)

Islamophobia (prejudice against Muslims)

racism (the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races)

tendentiousness (an intentional and controversial bias)


Sense 2bias [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

bias; diagonal

Hypernyms ("bias" is a kind of...):

straight line (a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature)


BIAS (adjective)


Sense 1bias [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric

Context example:

a bias fold

Similar:

oblique (slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled)


BIAS (verb)


Sense 1bias [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Influence in an unfair way

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Context example:

you are biasing my choice by telling me yours

Hypernyms (to "bias" is one way to...):

prejudice; prepossess (influence (somebody's) opinion in advance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bias"):

handicap (attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2bias [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be biased

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

bias; predetermine

Hypernyms (to "bias" is one way to...):

prejudice; prepossess (influence (somebody's) opinion in advance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bias"):

angle; slant; weight (present with a bias)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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