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1. Hinduism the manifestation of a deity, notably Vishnu, in human, superhuman, or animal form
2. a movable image that represents a person in a virtual reality environment or in cyberspace

Avatar

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Vishnu is the Hindu god of goodness. He has come to Earth when needed in the past in a series of so-called descents or avatars. These are incarnations. Tradition says there will be ten of them, nine of which have already passed:

A dwarf who saved the world from a demon. Prince Rama, defender of the good. Krishna, the poet and warrior who reestablished the principles of religion. A fish that rescued the first man, Manu, from a worldwide flood. A tortoise. A boar. A man-lion. A warrior hero. Prince Gautama, the Buddha. Yet to come: A messiah with a sword of flame who will come at the end of the fourth period of the world to save the righteous and destroy the wicked. He will be riding a white horse.

avatar

[′av·ə‚tär]
(computer science)
A virtual representation of a person or a person's interactions with others in a virtual environment, conveying a sense of someone's presence (known as telepresence) by providing the location (position and orientation) and identity; examples include the graphical human figure model, the talking head, and the real-time reproduction of a three-dimesional human image.

avatar

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

avatar

(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.

avatar

A graphic identity that users select to represent themselves in a chat, instant messaging (IM) or multiplayer gaming session. An avatar is generally a caricature, rather than a realistic photo, and can be anything from a simple cartoon to a bizarre fantasy figure. However, images of real objects are also used. The term is a Sanskrit word that means the incarnation of a god on earth, and this usage of the term came from the gaming and 3D chat worlds. See VRML.


Some Avatars
These are four examples from the AvatarDB website, which has more than 50,000 images arranged by category. People choose an avatar based on how they want others to see them. For more information, visit www.avatarsdb.com.
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Not all Soldiers are created equal, which means that some Soldier avatars will be larger and slower than others.
It may be that only three or four attributes really make a difference in virtual training, and avatars do not need to be so precise in their relationship to their human counterparts.
As people gain more and more avatars, agents, and other technology-based expressions of themselves, the scope for action during their lives increases, and the possibility of life after death becomes progressively more real.
Jake Sully, a paraplegic former marine, is an Avatar. With the support of the appropriate advanced technology and machinery he operates a NaAEvi/Avatar hybrid.
Users entering these virtual worlds are not provided with cookie-cutter avatars however; they are able to personalize their characters however they wish, providing new levels of immersion.
As an Avatar he can walk again, and begins to bond with the Na'vi, and in particular beautiful huntress Neytiri (Saldana).
Honestly, your Whispers staff isn't sure how much overlap there is between football fans and the kind of people who spend money to outfit their avatars, but there must have been some market research done on this thing.
Maple World informed him that his avatar alter ego was dead.
Counter to Tom B.'s frequent and sometimes intimate encounters, much of Second Life now looks and feels like a ghost town with automated avatars and those being paid to sit unengaged in the commercial sites to make the sites look popular.
Some companies set up virtual conference rooms in SL, and avatars come in and sit down and start watching a slide presentation, a video, or engage in group chat sessions.
Youth Noise recently partnered with the MEEZ avatars but had to first integrate an API (application programming interface) that wasn't originally consistent with its own technology.
Another poker provider, pkr.com, formed by Jez San, the first individual to receive an OBE for services to the computer games industry, has what the company calls an 'emote control' feature which allows avatars to bluff when playing poker and even to flirt when holding their cards.