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Bias, subst. that which draws to a particular direction, preponderant tendency: “study his b. leaves and makes his book thine eyes,” Pilgr. 61 and LLL IV, 2, 113. “nature to her b. drew in that,” Tw. V, 267. “commodity, the b. of the world,” John II, 574. “this vile-drawing b., this sway of motion,” John II, 574 John II, 574 “the father falls from b. of nature,” Lr. I, 2, 120. -- A weight on one side of a bowl which turns it a certain way: “thus the bowl should run, and not unluckily against the b.,” Shr. IV, 5, 25. “my fortune runs against the b.” R2 III, 4, 5.* -- In a bad sense, that which is from the straight line, indirect ways, shifts: “and thus do we with windlasses and with assays of b., by indirections find directions out,” Hml. II, 1, 65.
Adjectively: “thy sphered b. cheek,” Troil. IV, 5, 8 (Intpp.: swelled as the bowl on the biassed side).
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