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Meaning of AVATAR

Pronunciation:  `avu'târ

Computing Dictionary

1. An image representing a user in a multi-user virtual reality (or VR-like, in the case of palace) space.

2. (CMU, Tektronix) root, superuser. There are quite a few unix computers on which the name of the superuser account is "avatar" rather than "root". This quirk was originated by a cmu hacker who disliked the term "superuser", and was propagated through an ex-CMU hacker at tektronix.

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