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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. An embodiment of a concept.
2. A representation of a person or thing in computers, networks, etc.
From Sanskrit avatar (descent, as of a god from heaven to the earth), from ava- (away) + tarati (he crosses). Ultimately from the Indo-European root terə- (to cross over or pass through, to overcome), which also gave us through, thorough, transient, nostril, and thrill. Earliest documented use: 1784.
“The president is our national avatar -- a stand-in for what we believe we are, or want to be.”
Joy-Ann Reid; Surviving Trump’s Reality Show; The Daily Beast (New York); Dec 17, 2016.
See more usage examples of avatar in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. -J.R.R. Tolkien, novelist and philologist (3 Jan 1892-1973)