skew

skew [skju:] v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old North French; Origin: escuer 'to avoid']
1.) if something skews the results of a test etc, it affects the results, making them incorrect
All the people we questioned lived in the same area, which had the effect of skewing the figures.
2.) to affect or influence someone's ideas, actions, or judgment, especially in a way that makes the ideas etc not correct or fair
These assumptions about Communism skewed American foreign policy for decades.

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  • Skew — Skew, a. Turned or twisted to one side; situated obliquely; skewed; chiefly used in technical phrases. [1913 Webster] {Skew arch}, an oblique arch. See under {Oblique}. {Skew back}. (Civil Engin.) (a) The course of masonry, the stone, or the iron …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skew — or skew lines lie on different planes. They are neither parallel nor intersecting.Mathematics*In geometry, straight lines in a space referred to as skew if they are neither parallel nor intersecting. *In statistics, skew is sometimes used as an… …   Wikipedia

  • Skew — (von engl. skew „schief“, „windschief“) steht für: Skew (Elektronik), die Differenz von Signallaufzeiten in der Elektronik Skew (Hydrodynamik), eine hydrodynamische Anstellwinkelkorrektur bei Propellern Skew (Satellit), die Abweichung des… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • skew — skew; skew·er·ing; skew·ness; skew·bald; skew·er; skew·er·er; …   English syllables

  • skew — skew, skewness Term used to describe an asymmetrical probability distribution. American Banker Glossary * * * skew UK US /skjuː/ verb [T] ► to cause results, figures, profits, etc. to seem higher or lower than they really are: » Independent… …   Financial and business terms

  • Skew — Skew, v. t. [See {Skew}, adv.] 1. To shape or form in an oblique way; to cause to take an oblique position. [1913 Webster] 2. To throw or hurl obliquely. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skew — Skew, n. (Arch.) A stone at the foot of the slope of a gable, the offset of a buttress, or the like, cut with a sloping surface and with a check to receive the coping stones and retain them in place. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skew — Skew, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Skewed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Skewing}.] 1. To walk obliquely; to go sidling; to lie or move obliquely. [1913 Webster] Child, you must walk straight, without skewing. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To start aside; to shy, as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skew — Skew, adv. [Cf. D. scheef. Dan. ski?v, Sw. skef, Icel. skeifr, G. schief, also E. shy, a. & v. i.] Awry; obliquely; askew. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skew — [skju:; engl. = schräg, schief]: svw. ↑ synklinal …   Universal-Lexikon

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