• WordNet 3.6
    • n avatar 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"
    • n avatar a new personification of a familiar idea "the embodiment of hope","the incarnation of evil","the very avatar of cunning"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Avatar An incarnation, embodiment or personification of a principle, quality, or attitude; -- used of people, mostly in a positive sense as a manifestation of a behavior or character worthy of admiration. "Martha Stewart, the home-and-hearth avatar whose products are now available at Kmart stores, is making upscale design touches like 200-thread-count cotton bed sheets something that most every American can aspire to."
    • Avatar (Hindu Myth) The descent of a deity to earth, and his incarnation as a man or an animal; -- chiefly associated with the incarnations of Vishnu.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n avatar In Hindu myth., the descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form or some manifest shape; the incarnation of a god.
    • n avatar Hence A remarkable appearance, manifestation, or embodiment of any kind; a descent into a lower sphere; an adorable or wonderful exhibition of an abstract idea, principle, etc., in concrete form: as, “The Irish Avatar” (a poem by Byron on a visit of George IV. to Ireland); “the avatar of mathematics,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Avatar a-va-tär′ the descent of a Hindu deity in a visible form: incarnation:
    • n Avatar a-va-tär′ (fig.) supreme glorification of any principle.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Skr. avatâra, descent; ava, from + root tṛ, to cross, pass over
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sans.; ava, away, down, tar, to pass over.


In literature:

The revolution, as Burke maintained, was in fact the avatar of a diabolic power.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Do you forget his misanthropical invectives, his personal attacks, his 'Avatar,' his epigrams?
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Ah, but this anonymous Avatar, this man with the bomb!
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
A new religion is already in the formative stage, a new Avatar inevitable.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
And that is why he must be incarnated again and again in the avatars.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
But in India this becomes a new avatar of Krishna.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
The ten Avatars of Vishnu are the most famous.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
He had a morbid vision of avatar after avatar being kicked from sphere to sphere.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
And is this genial old heretic an American avatar of the monk Bohaira?
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
In Vishnu-land what Avatar?
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
Barring the possibilities of future avatars, I shall not promenade there again.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Vishnu has ten avatars or incarnations in human form; he comes down to the earth when there is a special reason for his interference.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
Mr. Jefferson was certainly not an Avatar of the enemy of mankind, nor were his followers atheists, anarchists, and rogues.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
I do not believe that Buddha, of whom he appeared an avatar, was more gentle to all men, women, children, and living things.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
This is the new avatar, this the glad tidings which announce the French Revolution and the Third Age.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
In Oriental lore Krishna is held to have been the eighth avatar of Vishnu, of whom Gotama was the ninth.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
In Pillowland what Avatar?
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
We now come to the Avatar, in which liberty is looked for by all the romancers in Italy.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 63, No. 392, June, 1848" by Various
Reeri has eighteen different disguises or avatars.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
Banished Buddha becomes an avatar of Vishnu, and his image now appears in India beside Jagenath.
"Solomon and Solomonic Literature" by Moncure Daniel Conway

In poetry:

They are more spirit-stirring
Than any words that are
Remembered from the spokesmen
Of any avatar!
"The Landing" by Padraic Colum
Under, is earth's still orbiting;
Over, a clearing star:
In all, the spirit litany
Of life's strange avatar.
"Night’s Occultism" by Cale Young Rice
For her I have arisen
From many a broken tomb,
From out the darkling prison
Of sunken worlds and avatars of doom.
"De Profundis" by Clark Ashton Smith
Aye, Montecelli, that's the name.
You may have heard of him perhaps.
Yet though he never savoured fame,
Of those impressionistic chaps,
Monet and Manet and Renoir
He was the avatar.
"A Canvas For A Crust" by Robert W Service

In news:

Tweeted Mayor Vince Gray, a moment after the 26th president's bulbous avatar soared across the finish line.
Avatar identification may help meet goals.
Creating an online avatar and identifying with that digital image could help a person lose weight or become less prejudiced, a new University of Missouri research shows.
All Blogs Laser Orgy Avatar vs Inception : Two very different takes on the power of escapism.
At first glance, Avatar and Inception might seem entirely unrelated.
Electronic Arts soccer franchise doesn't include women avatars.
Joshua 's Mom's Avatar.
Nintendo-JoySound Wii Karaoke U will bring a catalog of over 90,000 songs to the Wii U, allowing singers several customization options, including changing the song's tempo and using Mii avatars to display on screen.
Avatar screens border-crossers in Arizona.
Customs and Border Protection is testing an avatar kiosk on the U.S.-Mexican border that can speak English and Spanish and detect signs that a traveler being interviewed could be lying.
Mick, Keith and the boys are celebrating their 50th year together — and an improbable half-century run as fashion avatars.
Newark airport baggage handler dishes on coworker Libby , the avatar.
They're in 'Avatar,' and they're not beyond the realm of scientific possibility.
The floating Hallelujah Mountains provide one of the more exotic settings for the blockbuster science-fiction film, 'Avatar.'.
Local film tops 'Avatar's' take.

In science:

ACM Press, 2002. H. Schmidl and M. C. Lin, "Geometry-driven Interaction between Avatars and Virtual Environments", Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds Journal, July 2004. P.
Passive Control Architecture for Virtual Humans
We consider in this work an evolution which combines edge-removal and edge-replacement, and should be viewed as an avatar of the urn dynamic depicted in the first part.
A two-time-scale phenomenon in a fragmentation-coagulation process
Users can also se lect their avatars and choose a user name. One of the main purposes of the GUI is to allow commu- nication among connected users.
Graphically E-Learning introduction and its benefits in Virtual Learning
There are three main ways in which students interact, namely gestures, text and voice. The learner can choose gestures for their avatar to depict in the VR world. For example, users can instruct their avatar to raise their hand and so inform other users they have a question.
Graphically E-Learning introduction and its benefits in Virtual Learning
Ownership of game characters or avatars may be transferred between people over time.
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
For example, each link here divides into two when the player forks, thus representing the fact that both of the avatars retain knowledge of the corresponding channel.
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)
As for channels known to a player, the players and channels touching the black triangle are ordered: there are different ‘ports’ for the initial player and its two avatars.
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)
These sub-moves represent what each of the ‘avatars’ of the forking player sees of the move.
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)
They involve a single player and all of its avatars.
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)
Next, P |Q is translated to the strategy with one initial state, which only accepts left and right half-forking first, and then lets its avatars play JP K and JQK, respectively.
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)
The play with infinitely many silent moves by x1 is not maximal: we could insert (anywhere in the sequence of moves by x1 ) a synchronisation move by x2 and y , and then a tick move by the avatar of y .
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)
Furthermore, the very concept of confidence distributions is restricted (at least in the paper) to unidimensional entities, and seems to possess as many avatars as there are ways of constructing confidence intervals.
Comments on "Confidence distribution, the frequentist distribution estimator of a parameter --- a review" by Min-ge Xie and Kesar Singh
We now construct a first avatar of ¯F , which we call ¯F 1 .
A general context for Goodwillie Calculus
This means that all these constructions are avatars of the same ob ject, as explained in [Ziv04].
Chromatic numbers, morphism complexes, and Stiefel-Whitney characteristic classes
Our motivation for considering noncommutative geometry as an ‘avatar’ of gravity is the belief that it sheds light on the role of the gravitational field as the universal regulator of ultra-violet divergences.
The Energy-momentum of a Poisson structure