|n.||1.||A weight on the side of the ball used in the game of bowls, or a tendency imparted to the ball, which turns it from a straight line.|
|2.||A leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent; inclination.|
|3.||A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.|
|4.||A slant; a diagonal; |
|a.||1.||Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.|
|2.||Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.|
|adv.||1.||In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; |
|v. t.||1.||To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.|
|Noun||1.||bias - a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation|
|2.||bias - a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric|
|Verb||1.||bias - influence in an unfair way; "you are biasing my choice by telling me yours"|
|2.||bias - cause to be biased|
|Adj.||1.||bias - slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric; "a bias fold"|
BIAS. A particular influential power which sways the judgment; the
inclination or propensity of the mind towards a particular object.
2. Justice requires that the judge should have no bias for or against any individual; and that his mind should be perfectly free to act as the law requires.
3. There is, however, one kind of bias which the courts suffer to influence them in their judgments it is a bias favorable to a class of cases, or persons, as distinguished from an individual case or person. A few examples will explain this. A bias is felt on account of convenience. 1 Ves. sen. 13, 14; 3 Atk. 524. It is also felt in favor of the heir at law, as when there is an heir on one side and a mere volunteer on the other. Willes, R. 570 1 W. Bl. 256; Amb. R. 645; 1 Ball & B. 309 1 Wils. R. 310 3 Atk. 747 Id. 222. On the other hand, the court leans against double portions for children; M'Clell. R. 356; 13 Price, R. 599 against double provisions, and double satisfactions; 3 Atk. R. 421 and against forfeitures. 3 T. R. 172. Vide, generally, 1 Burr. 419 1 Bos. & Pull. 614; 3 Bos. & Pull. 456 Ves. jr. 648 Jacob, Rep. 115; 1 Turn. & R. 350.