Root

Password1. Alternatively referred to as an admin, administrator, and gatekeeper, root is a superuser on a computer or network and has complete control. When referring to a Unix and Linux computer this user is often known as root and on a Windows computer and network this user is often referred to as an administrator. However, each of these terms is interchangeable.

An admin or System Administrator is also a job position and person who is responsible for maintaining each of the computers and network in a corporate environment.

2. The root is also the highest level in a directory hierarchy. For example, in MS-DOS, the root or root directory of the primary hard drive would C:\. When working on a web page the root directory will be your home directory or your public_html directory.

3. Root is also an ability, effect, or spell in computer games that locks a target in place. For example, in the game World of Warcraft the Mage class has a spell called Frost Nova that freezes an enemy in place for a few seconds.

Also see: Administrative, Avatar, BOFH, Current directory, Full rights, Game terms, Hierarchical file system, Home, Moderator, Op, Owner, Parent directory, Power user, Remote admin, Security terms, Sysop