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root: [UNIX] n. 1. The superuser account (with user name
   `root') that ignores permission bits, user number 0 on a UNIX
   system.  The term avatar is also used.  2. The top node of the
   system directory structure (home directory of the root user).
   3. By extension, the privileged system-maintenance login on any
   OS.  See root mode, go root, see also wheel.