- Hindu Mythology. the descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form or some manifest shape; the incarnation of a god.
- an embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life.
- Digital Technology. a graphical image that represents a person, as on the Internet.
- Also called avatar mouse, mouse avatar. a mouse that is implanted with cells or tissue freshly extracted from a human being, as to test drug therapies for an individual patient or to study a disease process: Researchers transplanted samples of the patient’s tumor into specially bred avatars.
- (in science fiction) a hybrid creature, composed of human and alien DNA and remotely controlled by the mind of a genetically matched human being.
Origin of avatar
Related Words for avatarpersonification, archetype, symbol, apotheosis, exemplar, realization, epitome, expression, avatar, inclusion, comprehension, matter, integration, type, form, incarnation, conformation, collection, embracement, formation
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Contemporary Examples of avatar
You know, James Cameron: the director of The Terminator, True Lies, Titanic, and Avatar, among other obscure movies.James Cameron Dives into the Ocean's Abyss
July 21, 2014
Discovered frozen in ice by two Inuit waterbenders, they begin a journey to help him access his full powers as avatar.
Avatar is equally good at exploring moral ambiguity in its cast.
On the Avatar sequels: The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously.
Currently the project is on hold until I finish the currently planned Avatar sequels, which will be a number of years.
Historical Examples of avatar
And is this genial old heretic an American avatar of the monk Bohaira?The Book of Khalid
He had a morbid vision of avatar after avatar being kicked from sphere to sphere.The Rough Road
William John Locke
Blood was its Avatar and its seal—the redness and the horror of blood.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
One attempts in vain even to picture the avatar's attainment.Autobiography of a YOGI
But some day it will reassert itself, for it is stronger than we, alike our overlord and avatar.Atlantic Classics
- Hinduism the manifestation of a deity, notably Vishnu, in human, superhuman, or animal form
- a visible manifestation or embodiment of an abstract concept; archetype
- a movable image that represents a person in a virtual reality environment or in cyberspace
Word Origin for avatar
1784, "descent of a Hindu deity," from Sanskrit avatarana "descent" (of a deity to the earth in incarnate form), from ava- "down" + base of tarati "(he) crosses over," from PIE root *tere- "to cross over" (see through). In computer use, it seems to trace to the novel "Snowcrash" (1992) by Neal Stephenson.