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Bias


BI'AS, noun

1. A weight on the side of a bowl which turns it from a straight line.

2. A leaning of the mind; inclination; prepossession; propensity towards an object, not leaving the mind indifferent; as, education gives a bias to the mind.

3. That which causes the mind to lean or incline from a state of indifference, to a particular object or course.

BI'AS, verb transitive To incline to one side; to warp; to give a particular direction to the mind; to prejudice; to prepossess. The judgment is often biassed by interest.

This word is used by Shakespeare as an adverb, bias and thwart, i.e. aslope; and as an adjective.

Blow till they bias cheek

Outswell the cholic of puft Aquilon.