- 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.]
- 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.]
- A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
- A slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias
.synonyms: Prepossession; prejudice; partiality; inclination. See Bent.
Etymology: F. biasis, perh. fr. LL. bifax two-faced; L. bis + facies face. See Bi-, and cf. Face