• Inclination towards something.
  • The diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric.
  • A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (such as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
  • A voltage or current applied to an electronic device, such as a transistor electrode, to move its operating point to a desired part of its transfer function.
  • 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.
  • In the games of crown green bowls and lawn 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. In lawn bowls, the curved course is caused only by the shape of the bowl. The use of weights is prohibited.
  • A person's favourite member of a K-pop band.


  • To place bias upon; to influence.
  • To give a bias to.


  • Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.
  • Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.


  • In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally.


  • c. 1520 in the sense "oblique line". As a technical term in the game of bowls c. 1560, whence the figurative use (c. 1570).
  • From French biais, adverbially ("sideways, askance, against the grain") c. 1250, as a noun ("oblique angle, slant") from the late 16th century.
  • The French word is likely from Old Occitan biais, itself of obscure origin, most likely from an unattested Latin *biaxius "with two axes".

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