Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To inspect something leisurely and casually: browsed through the map collection for items of interest.
  • intransitive v. To read something superficially by selecting passages at random: browsed through the report during lunch.
  • intransitive v. To look for information on the Internet.
  • intransitive v. To feed on leaves, young shoots, and other vegetation; graze.
  • transitive v. To look through or over (something) casually: browsed the newspaper; browsing the gift shops for souvenirs.
  • transitive v. To read (websites) casually on the Internet.
  • transitive v. To nibble; crop.
  • transitive v. To graze on.
  • n. Young twigs, leaves, and shoots that are fit for animals to eat.
  • n. An act of browsing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The tender shoots or twigs of shrubs and trees, such as cattle may eat; green food fit for cattle, deer, etc. Also spelled browze.
  • 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.
  • n. In metallurgy, imperfectly smelted ore.

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

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

Etymologies

Probably from obsolete French broust, young shoot, from Old French brost, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French brouster, from Old French broster. (Wiktionary)

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.

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

    Archive 2007-02-01

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

    GreenCine Daily: Fests and events, 1/11.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Also see the NRCBL's Bibliographies, which include: QuickBibs (a way to keyword browse the recent additions to the NRCBL databases), Scope Notes (42 comprehensive bibliographies of various ethical issues) and bibliographies created for special courses and events.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • It eliminates the ability to sit there and browse, which is one of the pleasures of a video store.

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  • Posted: 2010-04-07 @ 1: 03pm PT If it went to Verizon, it wouldn't let you talk and browse, which isn't a big deal for browsing.

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