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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun 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. 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.]
  3. A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
  4. 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

adjective Bi"as
  1. Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.(Obs)
  2. Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.
adverb Bi"as
In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias .
verb Bi"as
To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.
Other Dictionary Sources
  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
  3. Cause to be biased
  4. Influence in an unfair way ("you are biasing my choice by telling me yours")
  5. Slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric ("a bias fold")

From Middle French biasis, from Old Provençal biais (“way, angle, slant”).

  1. (countable, uncountable) inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection
  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 for example to a transistor electrode
  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 game of crown green 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.

bias was also found in the following language(s): Old Irish

Notable Persons Named Bias

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Bias Boshell is a musician and songwriter. He plays Vocals, keyboards, guitar, piano, bass, Keyboard instrument, and Bass guitar. He was most prominent from 1969 to present. Bias was given the name Tobias Boshell on July 20th, 1950 in Wye, Kent.


Bias B is an australian hip hop rapping. Bias was given the name Adam Stevens in Melbourne.


Bias was born on October 13th, 1902. He breathed his last breath in 1986.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Bias

Len Bias is a basketball player. Len was born on November 18th, 1963 in Landover, Maryland.


Bias is a mythological figure.


Zed Bias is a uk garage, 2-step garage, uk funky, and broken beat record producer and disc jockey. He was most prominent from 1990 to present. Zed was given the name Dave Jones . Zed is also known as Maddslinky.


Tiffany Bias is a basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury and Diósgyőri VTK (basketball) in the Women's National Basketball Association. She was most active from 2014 to present. Tiffany was born on May 22nd, 1992 in Wichita, Kansas.



He died in 1987.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bias U.S.
  White 51.07% 64.26%
  African American 30.10% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.41% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.77% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.79% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 12.86% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Bias

  • How Popular is the name Bias? As a last name Bias was the 5,339th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Bias first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Bias is Thursday, October 2nd, 1884.
  • How unique is the name Bias? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Bias. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Bias: Your name in reverse order is Saib. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iabs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bias? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,518 people with the last name Bias.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bias? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Bias as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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