survey objects casually, esp. goods for sale:
he stopped to browse around a sporting goods store.
scan through a book or magazine superficially to gain an impression of the contents:
she browsed through the newspaper [tr.]
patrons can browse the shelves of the library.
read or survey (data files), typically via a network.
(of an animal) feed on leaves, twigs, or other high-growing vegetation:
they reach upward to browse on bushes.
1. [in sing.]
an act of casual looking or reading:
the brochure is well worth a browse.
vegetation, such as twigs and young shoots, eaten by animals.
To examine the contents of a large data set, especially when locating and retrieving information with a search strategy that cannot be predicted at the outset, or possibly with no search strategy at all. The term browser
is used either to refer to a person who is browsing, or to the utility program that allows the user to locate and retrieve information from networked information services. See also gopher
, World Wide Web
sb. young shoots and twigs, cattlefodder; vb. crop and eat, feed on
leaves, etc. XVI. ult. — early mod. F. broust
) bud. young shoot, brouster
) crop. prob. of Gmc. orig.; but the loss of t
in Eng. is difficult to account for.
, blouse, browse, carouse, Cowes, dowse, drowse, espouse, house, Howes, rouse