Meaning of AVATAR in English
transcription, транскрипция: [ n. Syn. ]
[in Hindu mythology, the incarnation of a god] 1. Among people working on virtual reality and cyberspace interfaces, an avatar is an icon or representation of a user in a shared virtual reality. The term is sometimes used on MUD s. 2. [CMU, Tektronix] root , superuser . There are quite a few Unix machines on which the name of the superuser account is `avatar' rather than `root'. This quirk was originated by a CMU hacker who found the terms `root' and `superuser' unimaginative, and thought `avatar' might better impress people with the responsibility they were accepting.
Jargon File English vocabulary. Английский словарь жаргона. 2012