noun Inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair. (there was evidence of bias against foreign applicants) A direction diagonal to the weave of a fabric. (a turquoise silk dress cut on the bias) (in bowls) the irregular shape given to one side of a bowl. A steady voltage, magnetic field, or other factor applied to a system or device to cause it to operate over a predetermined range.
verb Cause to feel or show inclination or prejudice for or against someone or something. (readers said the paper was biased towards the Conservatives) Give a bias to. (bias the valve so that the anode current is normally zero or small)