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 for bias
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bias \Bi"as\, a.
     1. Inclined to one side; swelled on one side. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     2. Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bias \Bi"as\, adv.
     In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as,
     to cut cloth bias.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bias \Bi"as\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Biased (b[imac]"ast); p. pr.
     & vb. n. Biasing.]
     To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to
     influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.
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           Me it had not biased in the one direction, nor should
           it have biased any just critic in the counter
           direction.                               --De Quincey.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bias \Bi"as\ (b[imac]"as), n.; pl. Biases (-[e^]z). [F.
     biasis, perh. fr. LL. bifax two-faced; L. bis + facies face.
     See Bi-, and cf. Face.]
     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.
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              Being ignorant that there is a concealed bias within
              the spheroid, which will . . . swerve away. --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     2. A leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward
        an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent;
        inclination.
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              Strong love is a bias upon the thoughts. --South.
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              Morality influences men's lives, and gives a bias to
              all their actions.                    --Locke.
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     3. A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as
        the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
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     4. A slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias.
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     Syn: Prepossession; prejudice; partiality; inclination. See
          Bent.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bias
      adj 1: slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric; "a bias
             fold"
      n 1: a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an
           issue or situation [syn: bias, prejudice,
           preconception]
      2: a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to
         a side of the fabric [syn: diagonal, bias]
      v 1: influence in an unfair way; "you are biasing my choice by
           telling me yours"
      2: cause to be biased [syn: bias, predetermine]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  284 Moby Thesaurus words for "bias":
     a thing for, aberrancy, aberration, across, affect, affinity,
     angle, angle off, animus, aptitude, aptness, aslant, aslope,
     athwart, atilt, bag, bear off, bend, bend to, bendwise, bent,
     bevel, beveled, biased, biaswise, branching off, canting,
     careening, cast, catercorner, catercornered, catercornerways,
     character, chosen kind, circuitousness, color, conatus, conduce,
     conduciveness, constitution, contribute, corner, cornerways,
     cornerwise, crook, crossways, crosswise, cup of tea, curve,
     declination, deflect, delight, departure, detour, deviance,
     deviancy, deviate, deviation, deviousness, diagonal, diagonally,
     diagonalwise, diathesis, diffract, diffuse, digression,
     discrimination, discursion, disperse, dispose, disposition,
     distort, divagate, divagation, divarication, diverge, divergence,
     diversion, divert, dogleg, double, drift, drifting, druthers,
     eagerness, eccentricity, errantry, excursion, excursus,
     exorbitation, fancy, fascination, favor, favoritism, feeling for,
     forejudgment, garble, go, grain, hairpin, have a tendency, head,
     idiosyncrasy, impulse, inclination, inclinational, inclinatory,
     incline, inclined, inclining, indirection, individualism, induce,
     inequality, influence, interest, involvement, jaundice,
     jaundiced eye, kidney, kittycorner, lead, lean, leaning, liability,
     liking, listing, look to, lurch, make, makeup, mental set, mettle,
     mind, mind-set, misconstrue, misdirect, misinterpret, misrender,
     misrepresent, misuse, mold, move, mutual affinity,
     mutual attraction, nature, nepotism, oblique, oblique angle,
     oblique figure, oblique line, obliquity, on the bias,
     one-sidedness, out of plumb, out of square, parti pris, partialism,
     partiality, particular choice, partisanism, partisanship, penchant,
     pererration, personal choice, persuade, pervert, pitched, point,
     point to, preconception, predilection, predispose, predisposition,
     preference, preferential treatment, prejudgment, prejudice,
     prejudice against, prejudice the issue, prepossess, prepossession,
     probability, proclivity, prompt, proneness, propensity, pull,
     raking, rambling, readiness, recumbent, redound to, refract,
     rhomboid, scatter, scratch comma, sensitivity to, separatrix,
     serve, set, set toward, sheer, shelving, shelvy, shift, shifting,
     shifting course, shifting path, show a tendency, sideling,
     sidelong, skew, slant, slanted, slanting, slantways, slantwise,
     slash, sloped, sloping, slue, soft spot, soften up, solidus, stamp,
     standpoint, strain, straying, streak, stripe, style,
     susceptibility, sway, sweep, swerve, swerving, swinging, sympathy,
     tack, taint, taste, temper, temperament, tend, tendency, thing,
     thwart, tilted, tilting, tinge, tipped, tipping, tipsy, tone,
     torture, transverse, trend, tropism, turn, turn of mind, turning,
     twist, type, undetachment, undispassionateness, unneutrality,
     variation, varnish, veer, verge, viewpoint, virgule, wandering,
     warp, weakness, wear down, weigh with, weight, willingness, work,
     work toward, yaw, zigzag
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  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. 
  
  

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