bias (n.) Old form(s): byas
[weighting in a bowl causing it to run obliquely] inclination, tendency, leaning
KJ II.i.574[Bastard alone] Commodity, the bias of the world [i.e. the property which pulls people from their steady course]
KL I.ii.111[Gloucester to Edmund] the King falls from bias of nature [i.e. loses his natural affection]
LLL IV.ii.109[Nathaniel reading Berowne's letter to Rosaline] Study his bias leaves and makes his book thine eyes [i.e. the student leaves his inclination to study]
TN V.i.257[Sebastian to Olivia] you have been mistook. / But nature to her bias drew in that
TS IV.v.25[Petruchio to Hortensio] Thus the bowl should run, / And not unluckily against the bias
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