Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To inspect something leisurely and casually.
  • intransitive verb To read something superficially by selecting passages at random.
  • intransitive verb To look for information on the Internet.
  • intransitive verb To feed on leaves, young shoots, and other vegetation; graze.
  • intransitive verb To look through or over (something) casually.
  • intransitive verb To read (websites) casually on the Internet.
  • intransitive verb To nibble; crop.
  • intransitive verb To graze on.
  • noun Young twigs, leaves, and shoots that are fit for animals to eat.
  • noun An act of browsing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The tender shoots or twigs of shrubs and trees, such as cattle may eat; green food fit for cattle, deer, etc. Also spelled browze.
  • noun In metallurgy, imperfectly smelted ore.
  • To feed on; pasture on; graze: said of cattle, deer, etc.
  • To nibble and consume; eat off: said of cattle.
  • To graze; specifically, to feed on the tender shoots, branches, or bark of shrubs and trees: said of herbivorous animals.
  • To feed: said of human beings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The tender branches or twigs of trees and shrubs, fit for the food of cattle and other animals; green food.
  • intransitive verb To feed on the tender branches or shoots of shrubs or trees, as do cattle, sheep, and deer.
  • intransitive verb To pasture; to feed; to nibble; to graze.
  • intransitive verb To look casually through a book, books, or a set of documents, reading those parts which arouse one's interest.
  • intransitive verb To search through a group of items to find something, not previously specified, which may be of interest.
  • transitive verb To eat or nibble off, as the tender branches of trees, shrubs, etc.; -- said of cattle, sheep, deer, and some other animals.
  • transitive verb To feed on, as pasture; to pasture on; to graze.
  • transitive verb To look casually through (a book, books, or a set of documents), reading those parts which arouse one's interest. Contrasted with scan, in which one typically is searching for something specific.
  • transitive verb (Computers) To look at a series of electronic documents on a computer screen by means of a browser{2}.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To scan, to casually look through in order to find items of interest, especially without knowledge of what to look for beforehand.
  • verb To move about while sampling, such as with food or products on display.
  • verb computing To successively load hyperlinked documents on a computer, usually with a browser.
  • verb of an animal To move about while eating parts of plants, especially plants other than pasture, such as shrubs or trees.
  • noun Young shoots and twigs.
  • noun Fodder for cattle and other animals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun vegetation (such as young shoots, twigs, and leaves) that is suitable for animals to eat
  • noun the act of feeding by continual nibbling
  • verb eat lightly, try different dishes
  • verb look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular
  • noun reading superficially or at random
  • verb shop around; not necessarily buying
  • verb feed as in a meadow or pasture

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from obsolete French broust, young shoot, from Old French brost, of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French brouster, from Old French broster.

Examples

  • To help you out, the Finding Tablets in the database page says:In order to browse or search the tablets for more specific information, for example the texts written by the same person, texts in which a certain word, term or name occurs, or that refer to a particular subject or come from the same archaeological context, follow ‘search' or ‘browse' from the side menu.

    languagehat.com: VINDOLANDA TABLETS.

  • Even if you can't make it, a browse is recommended.

    GreenCine Daily: Fests and events, 1/11.

  • One cannot search by metadata, like keywords, but can only browse from the list of books, alphabetized by title.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • One cannot search by metadata, like keywords, but can only browse from the list of books, alphabetized by title.

    Creating, Managing & Pres. Dig. Assets: Abraham Lincoln books

  • They are said to have passed a very "comfortable winter," subsisting largely upon the abundant game found in the new country, the oxen being supplied with plenty of browse from the trees.

    Living in Dryden: Early settlement

  • They are said to have passed a very "comfortable winter," subsisting largely upon the abundant game found in the new country, the oxen being supplied with plenty of browse from the trees.

    Living in Dryden: April 2004 Archives

  • The shootoor-khar, or camel-thorn, a briar on which that animal delights to browse, is the only vegetable substance that meets the eye, or that these deserts can produce.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

  • Those trees matured around the 1970s, leading to another timbering boom that created plentiful deer habitat and "browse" - twigs and shoots on which they feed.

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  • In hindsight, the title browse was easier to use than the other five browse options.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • In hindsight, the title browse was easier to use than the other five browse options.

    Creating, Managing & Pres. Dig. Assets: George Washington University

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