1. Sometimes abbreviated as char, a character is a single visual object used to represent text, numbers, or symbols. For example, the letter "A" is a single character. With a computer, one character is equal to one byte, which is typically 8 bits.
Tip: See the char definition for a full definition on the char programming term.
2. A character is a term used to describe a computer player who takes on the role of a fictitious player in a computer game.
For example, while playing a game you are considered a character or PC in that game. If you encounter a character that is not controlled by another human, it is referred to as an NPC. The picture is an example of a game character in the World of Warcraft game.
Also see: Character cell, Character code, Characters Per Inch, Data type, Digit, Enquiry character, Lowercase, LSC, Meta-character, MSC, Non-printing character, Null character, Pad character, Reserved character, Special characters, Typography terms, Unicode, Uppercase