browse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v browse eat lightly, try different dishes "There was so much food at the party that we quickly got sated just by browsing"
    • v browse look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular "browse a computer directory","surf the internet or the world wide web"
    • v browse feed as in a meadow or pasture "the herd was grazing"
    • v browse shop around; not necessarily buying "I don't need help, I'm just browsing"
    • n browse the act of feeding by continual nibbling
    • n browse reading superficially or at random
    • n browse vegetation (such as young shoots, twigs, and leaves) that is suitable for animals to eat "a deer needs to eat twenty pounds of browse every day"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Browse brouz The tender branches or twigs of trees and shrubs, fit for the food of cattle and other animals; green food. "Sheep, goats, and oxen, and the nobler steed,
      On browse , and corn, and flowery meadows feed."
    • Browse To eat or nibble off, as the tender branches of trees, shrubs, etc.; -- said of cattle, sheep, deer, and some other animals. "Yes, like the stag, when snow the plasture sheets,
      The barks of trees thou browsedst ."
    • Browse To feed on the tender branches or shoots of shrubs or trees, as do cattle, sheep, and deer.
    • Browse To feed on, as pasture; to pasture on; to graze. "Fields . . . browsed by deep-uddered kine."
    • Browse (Computers) To look at a series of electronic documents on a computer screen by means of a browser{2.
    • Browse 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.
    • Browse To look casually through a book, books, or a set of documents, reading those parts which arouse one's interest.
    • Browse To pasture; to feed; to nibble; to graze.
    • Browse To search through a group of items to find something, not previously specified, which may be of interest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n browse The tender shoots or twigs of shrubs and trees, such as cattle may eat; green food fit for cattle, deer, etc. Also spelled browze.
    • browse To feed on; pasture on; graze: said of cattle, deer, etc.
    • browse To nibble and consume; eat off: said of cattle.
    • browse To graze; specifically, to feed on the tender shoots, branches, or bark of shrubs and trees: said of herbivorous animals.
    • browse To feed: said of human beings.
    • n browse In metallurgy, imperfectly smelted ore.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Browse browz to feed on the shoots or leaves of plants
    • ns Browse the shoots and leaves of plants: fodder: the action of the verb browse
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. brost, broust, sprout, shoot, F. brout, browse, browsewood, prob. fr. OHG. burst, G. borste, bristle; cf. also Armor. brousta, to browse. See Bristle (n.) Brush (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. brouster (Fr. brouter)—broust, a sprout.

Usage

In literature:

Beyond this lay an open tract of meadow, or prairie, upon which were browsing thousands of cattle.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
He does not eat grass, but browses on the limbs and branches of several kinds of trees.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
He browses on herbs and shrubs and dwells in friendly relationship with the rest of the animal kingdom.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
I almost wish I were a horse, though, and could go out on the veldt and browse on the herbage.
"Charge!" by George Manville Fenn
It one day gets a feed of corn; on the next it browses upon a thistle.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
But why not let the ponies browse a little here?
"Marcus: the Young Centurion" by George Manville Fenn
Cattle browsed peacefully in the fields.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
And he was a bee for honey, not, like Coleridge, a browsing ox.
"Figures of Several Centuries" by Arthur Symons
They did not mind us, but remained quietly browsing.
"The Young Llanero" by W.H.G. Kingston
They've been browsing around and going hither and yon in skiffs.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
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In poetry:

Richest roses bud or die
All about the splendid park;
Fountains glass a wily eye
Where the fawns browse in the dark.
"Serenade" by Madison Julius Cawein
So speak in solemn tones our youthful sages,
Patient, severe, laborious, slow, exact,
As o'er creation's protoplasmic pages
They browse and munch the thistle crops of fact.
"The Coming Era" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
A white abyss beneath, and nought beside;
Yet, hark! a cropping sound not ten feet down:
Soon I could trace some browsing lambs that hied
Through rock-paths cleft and brown.
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
And where on books I dully browse,
And gaze in rapture at the sea,
My predecessor world carouse
In lavish infidelity
With ladies amoral as cows;
But interesting, you'll agree.
"Room Ghost" by Robert W Service
"Mother, O Mother of our dusk to-day,
What hast thou lived for bards to sing of thee?
Lapsed water cannot flow above its source;
'The kid must browse,'" they said, "'where she is tied.'"
"A Parson's Letter To A Young Poet" by Jean Ingelow
From the fair natives of this peerless hill
Thou gav'st the sheep that browse Iberian plains;
Their plaintive cries the faithless region fill,
Their fleece adorns an haughty foe's domains.
"Elegy XVIII. He Repeats the Song of Colin, a Discerning Shepherd" by William Shenstone

In news:

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Guests at the T'Ohr de France, the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art's annual gala, mingle and browse the items available in the silent auction on Thursday, November 15, 2012 AMANDA MCCOY — SUN HERALD Buy Photo.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Guests at the T'Ohr de France, the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art's annual gala, mingle and browse the items available in the silent auction on Thursday, November 15, 2012.
The connected PDA may be the next big thing, but for hundreds of thousands of people, the ability to easily access e-mail or browse the Web from a handheld simply doesn't matter.
Short-neck manatees (with only 6 vertebrae) browse off the coast of Florida.
Mozilla's Concept IPad Browser Eliminates the URL Bar, Tabbed Browsing.
He figures the changed URLs also provide a better shopping experience because shoppers can read the URLs while browsing through the site.
You can buy games and play them in store: Unlike other gaming stores in the area, Valhalla 's Gate gives you the opportunity to browse for your favorite game and enjoy playing it with fellow gamers immediately after purchasing.
Use our buyer's guide to learn what the available color schemes are by browsing through thumbnails of GTS300 paint scheme pics.
Use our buyer's guide to learn what the available color schemes are by browsing through thumbnails of GTS300 Super paint scheme pics.
At PlayMakers Rep. Browse Free Stuff & Promos.
Luxury shoppers browsing this year's Neiman Marcus Christmas Book can get a dancing water fountain for $1 million, a $420,000 trip to European flower shows on a private jet or a handcrafted mahogany boat for $250,000.
Managing librarian Mary Campbell, at left, and Susan Norman, president of the city's library board and a Friend of the Library, browse the Oak Harbor Library.
A Mountain View, Calif, company wants to configure your wifi router to show even more supporting one of the two major presidential candidates as you browse the web.
Feel free to browse seasons 1 and 2 here.
A couple years back, Michael Williams was bored by the handful of menswear blogs he browsed.
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In science:

In this paper, we will first browse the main features of Oval: how it must be configured by the users, what are the main commands and what one will find in the log files.
OVAL: the CMS Testing Robot
Knowing the temperature, windiness, cloudiness, etc, of the present day (and for a few days back), we may browse the past record in order to find days (or periods) with similar weather patterns in the past.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Experimentally, we confirmed that the parameters can be easily set to browse the academic web of knowledge.
Recommendation on Academic Networks using Direction Aware Citation Analysis
Bidding support To support reviewers with making choices, CyberChair provides them with several webpages containing overviews of the submitted abstracts. Reviewers can browse the overviews by conference topic, to quickly identify the papers that match their interest and expertise (Figure 3).
CyberChair: A Web-Based Groupware Application to Facilitate the Paper Reviewing Process
Sub jects were not asked to attempt to minimize the number of queries, and some of the ‘unnecessary’ queries were in fact due to sub jects randomly browsing through the knowledge base.
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation
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