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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun bias:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb bias:


The word bias and its family (biased, biases, biasing, unbiased) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun bias

What does bias mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: biases / biasses (rare form)

  1. a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of bias: preconception / prejudice
    • more generic words: partiality / partisanship = an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
    • more specific terms:
      • taboo / tabu = a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature
      • irrational hostility = extreme prejudice
      • experimenter bias = bias introduced by an experimenter whose expectations about the outcome of the experiment can be subtly communicated to the participants in the experiment
      • homophobia = prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality
      • Islamophobia = prejudice against Muslims
      • racism = the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races
      • tendentiousness = an intentional and controversial bias
  2. a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonym of bias: diagonal
    • more generic term: straight line = a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction

Alternative definition of the noun bias


  1. [countable] [uncountable] inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection
  2. [countable] (textile) the diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric
  3. [electronics] a voltage or current applied for example to a transistor electrode
  4. [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
  5. [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.

Definition of the noun bias for high school students

    a tendency, inclination, prejudice
    • example: The judge's hidden bias against smokers led him to make an unfair decision.

The noun bias is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Definition of the adjective bias

What does bias mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric
    • example: a bias fold
    • similar: oblique

Definition of the verb bias

What does bias mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: biassed, biassing

  1. influence in an unfair way
    • example: you are biasing my choice by telling me yours
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]Mary addicted him
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] to [Stimulus]I addicted him to Douglas Adams
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] to [Stimulus, subject control with -ing]Mary addicted him to going on long journeys

      Addict Verbs (with the same syntax): addict, dispose, incline, invite, predispose, slant, woo.

    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic words: prejudice / prepossess = influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
    • more specific word: handicap = attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
  2. cause to be biased


  1. Bias a.k.a. Mark Ellis: Flood is the professional pseudonym of British post-punk and alternative rock record producer and audio engineer Mark Ellis. Flood's list of work includes projects with recording acts like New Order, U2, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Ministry, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Erasure, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey, A-Ha, Sigur Rós, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers, and Warpaint. His co-production collaborations have included projects with Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, and longtime collaborator Alan Moulder, with whom he co-founded the Assault & Battery studio complex. In 2006, his work with U2 led to his sharing of the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
  2. Bias is a film score composer.
    • profession: Film score composer
  3. Bias is a musical artist.

There are other people with in their name, like Len Bias, Zed Bias, Dave Bias, Gary Bias, Leon Bias, Rita Bias, Bias Boshell, Dee Dee Bias, Michael Bias, Esperança Bias and many others.


Bias is a musical group.

  • album: "This is our first Hippy"


BIAS was a privately held corporation based in Petaluma, California. It ceased all business operations as of June, 2012.

  • also known as n Berkley Integrated Audio Software, Incorporated
  • official website:


Bias: In Greek mythology, Bias was a brother of Melampus who received one third of the Kingdom of Argos.


  1. "Bias" is a musical EP of Mannequin Lung.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  2. "BIAS" is a musical album of Minusbaby.


Bias is an unincorporated community in Mingo County, West Virginia.


  1. Bias is an inclination of temperament or outlook to present or hold a partial perspective, often accompanied by a refusal to even consider the possible merits of alternative points of view. People may be biased toward or against an individual, a race, a religion, a social class, a political party, or a species. Biased means one-sided, lacking a neutral viewpoint, not having an open mind. Bias can come in many forms and is often considered to be synonymous with prejudice or bigotry.
    • also known as อคติ
  2. Bias a.k.a. Bia's is a restaurant.

Phrases with Bias

Phrases starting with the word Bias:

  1. Bias musicus
  2. Bias distortion
  3. Bias flammulatus

Phrases ending with the word Bias:

  1. to bias
  2. Brake Bias
  3. Media bias
  4. Battus Bias
  5. Gender Bias
  6. On the Bias
  7. Orimba Bias
  8. Mnaseas Bias
  9. Papilio Bias
  10. Normalcy bias
  11. Metaphycus Bias
  12. Publication bias
  13. Availability Bias
  14. Confirmation bias
  15. experimenter bias
  16. Species Battus Bias
  17. Species Orimba Bias

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bias

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Google previewHigh Frequency Word Phrases Level 5--Supporting a Position (2014)

by Edward Fry, Timothy Rasinski

The word bias means a preference for or prejudice against something. The editorial says that people are unjustly biased against sharks. This is the writer's opinion. You may agree or disagree. However, whether you agree or not, think ...

Google previewHigh Frequency Word Phrases Level 4--Using Stress to Support a Position (2014)

by Edward Fry, Timothy Rasinski

The word bias means an unfair preference for or prejudice against something. The editorial says that some children's stories are biased against wolves. This is the writer's opinion. You may agree or disagree. However, whether or not you ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Health Economics, Third Edition (2014)

by Anthony J. Culyer

Bias. In empirical work, any systematic difference between the empirical results of an analysis and the true facts of the case (e.g. the difference between the distribution of values in a sample and the actual values of the population from which ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Alternative Investments (2008)

by Greg N. Gregoriou

Dresdner Kleinwort Frankfurt, Germany Backfilling bias occurs when a hedge fund with a good performance decides to report and the hedge fund manager includes the full or part of the return history to show the track record in a database .

Google previewDictionary of Environmental Economics (2014)

by Renat Perelet, Anil Markandya, Pamela Mason, Tim Taylor

bias. travel. cost. method. (TCM). This was developed to estimate the recreational demand for a site when market prices are not available. This applies the travel cost methodology, using the cost of travel to a site as a proxy for the entrance ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Health. 2 Vol. (2008)

by Wilhelm Kirch

Definition Confounding by indication is a bias that occurs when the drug of interest is selectively used or not used by those who developed the outcome of interest; a causal relationship between the drug and its effect on disease outcome ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Quantitative Management Research (2011)

by Luiz Moutinho, Graeme D Hutcheson

Now, if a random sampling procedure has been employed, the data obtained from the interviews are influenced by two major considerations – random sampling fluctuations and any particular bias on the part of each interviewer in the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2000)

by John M. Last Professor of Epidemiology University of Ottawa (Emeritus)

bias in the presentation of data 3. Deviation of inferences from the truth as a result of flaws in study design, data collection, or the analysis or interpretation of results. 4. A tendency of procedures (in study design, data collection, analysis, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Machine Learning (2011)

by Claude Sammut, Geoffrey I. Webb

Bias Variance Decomposition. Figure 1 The bias-variance decomposition is like trying to hit the bullseye on a dart- board. Each dart is thrown after training our “ dart-throwing” model in a slightly different manner. If the darts vary wildly, the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Police Science (2007)

by Jack R. Greene

However, the FBI's definition makes this unnecessary by focusing specifically on the offender's bias against a particular protected group—not the victim's status. Definitions of hate crime have not typically addressed the goals of the perpetrators ...

Google previewCultures, Ideologies, and the Dictionary (1995)

Studies in Honor of Ladislav Zgusta by Braj B. Kachru, Henry Kahane

Bias. in. the. Making. of. Wordbooks. Tom McArthur 0. Introduction When biologists look at cells under a microscope they do not usually think about cell, a word that serves them as impartially as it serves monks, convicts and electricians.

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The wise man carries his possessions within him. (Bias)
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Scrabble value of B3I1A1S1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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