—n. 1. an oblique or diagonal line of direction, esp. across a woven fabric.
2. a particular tendency or inclination, esp. one that prevents unprejudiced consideration of a question; prejudice.
3. Statistics.a systematic as opposed to a random distortion of a statistic as a result of sampling procedure.
4. Lawn Bowling. a. a slight bulge or greater weight on one side of the ball or bowl.
b. the curved course made by such a ball when rolled.
5. Electronics.the application of a steady voltage or current to an active device, as a diode or transistor, to produce a desired mode of operation.
6. a high-frequency alternating current applied to the recording head of a tape recorder during recording in order to reduce distortion.
7. on the bias, a. in the diagonal direction of the cloth.
b. out of line; slanting.
—adj. cut, set, folded, etc., diagonally: This material requires a bias cut.
—adv. in a diagonal manner; obliquely; slantingly: to cut material bias.
—v.t. 1. to cause partiality or favoritism in (a person); influence, esp. unfairly: a tearful plea designed to bias the jury. 2. Electronics.to apply a steady voltage or current to (the input of an active device).
Pronunciation: (bī'us),[key] —n. fl. 570 b.c., Greek philosopher, born in Ionia.