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noun (wikipedia, Bias (disambiguation), bias)
es, -, pl2=biasses)
  1. (countable) (uncountable) inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. ยง 4.
    • : nature has pointed out a mixed kind of life as most suitable to the human race, and secretly admonished them to allow none of these biasses to draw too much
      1. (countable) (textile) the diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric
      2. (electronics) a voltage or current applied for example to a transistor electrode
      3. (statistics) the difference between the expectation of the sample estimator and the true population value, which reduces the representativeness of the estimator by systematically distorting it
verb (bias, es)
  1. (transitive) To place bias upon; to influence.
Our prejudices our views.
bipolar Tweet Definition of bipolar Like Definition of bipolar on Facebook
  1. Involving both extremes (poles) at the same time.
A transistor uses both p-type and n-type semiconductors
  1. Referring to a person with bipolar disorder.
She's , just avoid her when she's manic and she'll avoid you when she's depressed.
black box Tweet Definition of black box Like Definition of black box on Facebook
  1. informal, Informal name for the brightly colored cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders in an aircraft that aid in determining the cause of an accident.
  2. A theoretical construct or device with known input and output characteristics but unknown method of operation.
block Tweet Definition of block Like Definition of block on Facebook
  1. A substantial, often approximately cuboid, piece of any substance.
A of ice.
A of stone.
  1. A cuboid of wood, plastic or other material used as a base on which to cut something.
Anne Boleyn placed her head on the and awaited her execution.
  1. A group of urban lots of property, several acres in extent, not crossed by public streets
I'm going for a walk around the .
  1. A group of buildings in a city or town, demarcated by streets.
A of flats.
  1. The distance from one street to another in a city that is built (approximately) to a grid pattern.
The place you are looking for is two long blocks east and one short north.
  1. (slang) The human head.
I'll knock your off.
  1. A set of sheets (of paper) joined together at one end.
A of 100 tickets.
  1. (computing) A logical data storage unit containing one ore more physical sector, sectors (see cluster).
  2. (context, rigging) A case with one or more sheaves/pulleys, used with ropes to increase or redirect force, for example, as part of the rigging of a sailing ship.
  3. (chemistry) A portion of a macromolecule, comprising many units, that has at least one feature not present in adjacent portions.
  4. Something that prevents something from passing (see blockage).
There's a in the pipe that means the water can't get through.
  1. (sports) An action to interfere with the movement of an opposing player or of the object of play (ball, puck).
  2. (Cricket) A shot played by holding he bat vertically in the path of the ball, so that it loses momentum and drops to the ground.
  3. (volleyball) A defensive play by one or more players meant to deflect a spiked ball back to the hitter"s court.
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  1. (transitive) To fill (something) so that it is not possible to pass.
The pipe is blocked.
  1. (transitive) To prevent (something or someone) from passing.
You're blocking the road - I can't get through.
  1. (transitive) To prevent (something from happening or someone from doing something).
His plan to take over the business was blocked by the boss.
  1. (transitive) The act of impeding an opponent in sports.
He blocked the basketball player's shot.
The offensive lineman, offensive linemen tried to the blitz.
  1. (transitive, theater) To specify the positions and movements of the actors.
It was very difficult to this scene convincingly.
  1. (transitive, Cricket) To hit with a block.
  2. (intransitive, Cricket) To play a block shot.
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  1. A relatively long, wide and thin piece of saw, sawn wood or similar material, usually intended for use in construction.
  2. The amount paid for meals and lodging.
  3. A device (eg, switchboard) containing electrical switches and other controls and designed to control lights, sound, telephone connections, etc.
  4. Short for e.g. blackboard, whiteboard, chessboard and surfboard.
  5. A committee that manages the business of an organization.
  6. (context, basketball, colloquial) A rebound.
  7. (nautical) The side of a ship.
  8. (nautical) The distance a sailing vessel runs between tacks when working to windward
  9. (context, ice hockey) The wall that surrounds an ice hockey rink, often in plural.
  1. To step or climb onto or otherwise enter a ship or aircraft.
  2. To provide someone with meals and lodging, usually in exchange for money.
  3. To receive meals and lodging in exchange for money.
  4. (nautical) To capture an enemy ship by going alongside and grappling her, then invading her with a boarding party
breadboard Tweet Definition of breadboard Like Definition of breadboard on Facebook
  1. A cutting board, especially for cutting bread.
  2. A pull-out cutting board underneath a counter, found in many kitchens.
  3. A reusable solderless device used to build a (usually temporary) prototype of an electronic circuit and for experimenting with circuit designs.
buffer Tweet Definition of buffer Like Definition of buffer on Facebook
  1. Someone or something that buffs.
  2. (chemistry) A solution used to stabilize the pH (acidity) of a liquid.
  3. (computing) A portion of memory set aside to store data, often before it is sent to an external device or as it is received from an external device.
  4. (mechanical) Anything used to maintain slack or isolate different objects.
  5. (telecommunications) A routine or storage medium used to compensate for a difference in rate of flow of data, or time of occurrence of events, when transferring data from one device to another.
  6. An isolating circuit, often an amplifier, used to minimize the influence of a driven circuit on the driving circuit.
  7. In international relations, a buffer zone (such as a demilitarized zone) or a buffer state.
verb (buffer)
  1. To use a buffer or buffers; to isolate or minimize the effects of one thing on another.
  2. (computing) To store data in memory temporarily.

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