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Multiple Meanings
bias

She has a bias against young people.
a personal preference — especially a prejudice that prevents objective consideration

or:

any tendency to move in a particular direction — such as a car that tends to want to swerve toward the right

Specialized meanings:
  • Statistics:  any of several errors that distort results (See Wikipedia article for details)
  • Textiles:  a line or fold that is diagonal relative to the sides or grain of the fabric
  • Electronics:  a steady-state current that is forced through an electronic device
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