American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The incarnation of a Hindu deity, especially Vishnu, in human or animal form.
- n. An embodiment, as of a quality or concept; an archetype: the very avatar of cunning.
- n. A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity: occultism in its present avatar.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Hindu myth., the descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form or some manifest shape; the incarnation of a god.
- n. Hence A remarkable appearance, manifestation, or embodiment of any kind; a descent into a lower sphere; an adorable or wonderful exhibition of an abstract idea, principle, etc., in concrete form: as, “The Irish Avatar” (a poem by Byron on a visit of George IV. to Ireland); “the avatar of mathematics,”
- n. In Hinduism the incarnation of a deity, particularly Vishnu.
- n. The physical embodiment of an idea or concept; a personification.
- n. A digital representation or handle of a person or being; often, it can take on any of various forms, as a participant chooses. i.e. 3D, animated, photo, sketch
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Hindu Myth.) The descent of a deity to earth, and his incarnation as a man or an animal; -- chiefly associated with the incarnations of Vishnu.
- n. An incarnation, embodiment or personification of a principle, quality, or attitude; -- used of people, mostly in a positive sense as a manifestation of a behavior or character worthy of admiration.
- n. a new personification of a familiar idea
- n. the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form
- 1784, from Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu) अवतार / اوتار (avatār), from Sanskrit अवतार (ava-tāra, "descent of a deity from a heaven"), a compound of अव (ava, "off, away, down") and the vṛddhi-stem of the root √tṝ ("to cross"). (Wiktionary)
- Sanskrit avatāraḥ, descent (of a deity from heaven), avatar : ava, down + tarati, he crosses; see terə-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“* @param string $avatar Users assigned avatar name”
“Recently, the term avatar has been used to signify "an interactive representation of a human in a virtual reality environment",”
“Where even the word avatar is Asian (Hindu). addition to the Chinese characters above the title.”
“Daisies - flowers of some kind for my avatar is a great idea.”
“Since my avatar is a Japanese hunting badge, Kanagawa Prefecture, from 1958, the year I was born (in case you missed that post way back when) ... that would be 51.”
“The AR in my avatar is a Rock River 24 1-in-8 twist varmint model with a 4. 5-30x50 Bushnell 6500 on it.”
“Ya avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, but i read somewhere that it's only like 25th or somethin in terms of ticket sales.”
“Courtney, your avatar is a pretty cute picture, too!”
“His still-fresh, still-astounding cyberpunk parody "Snow Crash" 1992 standardized use of the Sanskrit word "avatar" to denote virtual human identities and came impressively close to predicting how the Internet would come to be understood, which is to say as a "metaverse" paradoxically larger than the world that enfolds it.”
“Recently, the term avatar has been used to signify "an interactive representation of”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘avatar’.
pretty open-ended here—terms, ideas, lingo, technologies and phenomena (real or postulated) that are, were, should be or could be used in speculative fiction
Unabashedly stolen from a comment made by courier12.
Words only (I left out the expressions) from Geza Kerenyi's EN-HU interpreters' dictionary. Most of them pose some difficulty when interpreted between HU and EN in either or both directions.
learn something new or stump a friend -
Words that were well established before they gained special use in computing systems.
Sigility: avatars and representative figures. Types of symbols: academic, religious, abstract.
Words from other languages that are used, or would work well, in English. Also known as "loanwords."
I noticed several religious words end up in computing somehow, but I can only remember two right now.
Looking for tweets for avatar.