1. <chat, virtual reality> 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.

(01 Mar 1997)

<learning technology> A small digital image used within electronic learning environments to represent a person.

In e-learning avatars usually represent the learners. The term comes from a Sanskrit word meaning an incarnation in human form.

(10 Mar 2006)

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1. 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 admiration.

Origin: Skr. Avatara descent; ava from + root t to cross, pass over.

(01 Mar 1998)

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