Definition of "bias" []

  • A line going diagonally across the grain of fabric: Cut the cloth on the bias. (noun)
  • A preference or an inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment. (noun)
  • An unfair act or policy stemming from prejudice. (noun)
  • A statistical sampling or testing error caused by systematically favoring some outcomes over others. (noun)
  • Sports A weight or irregularity in a ball that causes it to swerve, as in lawn bowling. (noun)
  • Mental tendency or inclination, esp an irrational preference or prejudice (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A diagonal line or cut across the weave of a fabric (noun)
  • The voltage applied to an electronic device or system to establish suitable working conditions (noun)
  • A bulge or weight inside one side of a bowl (noun)
  • The curved course of such a bowl on the green (noun)
  • An extraneous latent influence on, unrecognized conflated variable in, or selectivity in a sample which influences its distribution and so renders it unable to reflect the desired population parameters (noun)
  • If T is an estimator of the parameter θ, the expected value of (T–θ) (noun)
  • An inaudible high-frequency signal used to improve the quality of a tape recording (noun)
  • Slanting obliquely; diagonal (adjective)
  • Obliquely; diagonally (adverb)
  • To cause to have a bias; prejudice; influence (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bias" in a sentence
  • "The mean difference or bias between the two records during their period of overlap (dT) is used to adjust one record before the two are averaged, leading to identification of this way for combining records as the “bias” method (HL87) or, alternatively, as the “reference station” method Peterson et al., 1998b."
  • "_bias_ of the balance; suppose the unloaded balance swings +1.25 and -1; the bias then is (1. 25-1)/2 = +.125 or one-eighth of a division to the right."
  • "When designing and proposing new policies designed to address bias, policymakers and politicians must take into account the fact that the word bias itself means very different things to different constituencies."