Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

on the bias

Definition of on the bias

  1. :  in a slanted direction —used to describe the way cloth is cut or sewn <The material for the dress was cut on the bias.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a line diagonal to the grain of a fabric

    :  a line at a 45 degree angle to the selvage often utilized in the cutting of garments for smoother fit

    :  a peculiarity in the shape of a bowl that causes it to swerve when rolled on the green in lawn bowling

  1. :  diagonal, slanting

  1. :  diagonally

    :  awry

  1. :  to give a settled and often prejudiced outlook to

    :  to apply a slight negative or positive voltage to (as a transistor)

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up on the bias? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


in the capacity or character of

Get Word of the Day daily email!