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an electronic image in a computer game or various online sites
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av·a·tar

 (ăv′ə-tär′)
n.
1. The incarnation of a Hindu deity, especially Vishnu, in human or animal form.
2. An embodiment or manifestation, as of a quality or concept: "Reagan was at his strongest as the avatar of American consensus, peddling a sunny normalcy, a happy-go-lucky and ultimately accommodating attitude" (Gil Troy).
3. A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity: occultism in its present avatar.
4. An icon, graphic, or other image by which a person represents himself or herself on a communications network or in a virtual community, such as a chatroom or multiplayer game.

[Sanskrit avatāraḥ, descent (of a deity from heaven), avatar : ava, down + tarati, he crosses; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]
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avatar

(ˈævəˌtɑː)
n
1. (Hinduism) Hinduism the manifestation of a deity, notably Vishnu, in human, superhuman, or animal form
2. a visible manifestation or embodiment of an abstract concept; archetype
3. (Computer Science) a movable image that represents a person in a virtual reality environment or in cyberspace
[C18: from Sanskrit avatāra a going down, from avatarati he descends, from ava down + tarati he passes over]
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av•a•tar

(ˈæv əˌtɑr, ˌæv əˈtɑr)

n.
1. an incarnation of a Hindu god.
2. an embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life.
3. Computers. a graphical image that represents a person, as on the Internet.
[1775–85; < Skt avatāra a passing down]
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avatar

A digital construct (often an image file) that represents the online user in a virtual world.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.avatar - a new personification of a familiar ideaavatar - a new personification of a familiar idea; "the embodiment of hope"; "the incarnation of evil"; "the very avatar of cunning"
personification - a person who represents an abstract quality; "she is the personification of optimism"
deification - an embodiment of the qualities of a god; "the capitalists' deification of capital"
reincarnation - embodiment in a new form (especially the reappearance or a person in another form); "his reincarnation as a lion"
2.avatar - the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal formavatar - 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"
Hindu deity - a deity worshipped by the Hindus
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Translations

avatar

[ˈævətɑːʳ] N [of deity] → avatar m
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avatar

n (Rel, fig) → Inkarnation f
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References in periodicals archive ?
The figural sculptures include the river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna, four male guardians equipped with Shaivite weapons and accoutrements such as the trident and skulls, the dasavatara or ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, and dancing girls in skirts swinging jauntily.
Dasavatara (ten incarnations) of Vishnu have been carved on the northern wall of the Baba Bankhandi darbar.