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Meaning of AVATAR

Pronunciation:  `avu'târ

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form; "the Buddha is considered an avatar of the god Vishnu"
  2. [n]  a new personification of a familiar idea; "the embodiment of hope"; "the incarnation of evil"; "the very avatar of cunning"

AVATAR is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: embodiment, incarnation
 See Also: deification, Hindu deity, Jagannath, Jagannatha, Jagganath, Juggernaut, Kalki, Krishna, personification, Rama, reincarnation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Av`a*tar"\, n. [Skr. avat[^a]ra descent; ava from + root
t[.r] to cross, pass over.]
1. (Hindoo Myth.) The descent of a deity to earth, and his
   incarnation as a man or an animal; -- chiefly associated
   with the incarnations of Vishnu.

2. Incarnation; manifestation as an object of worship or

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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