Definitions for: Browse

[n] the act of feeding by continual nibbling
[n] reading superficially or at random
[v] eat lightly, try different dishes; "There was so much food at the party that we quickly got sated just by browsing"
[v] look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular; "browse a computer directory"; "surf the internet or the world wide web"
[v] feed as in a meadow or pasture; "the herd was grazing"
[v] shop around; not necessarily buying; "I don't need help, I'm just browsing"

Webster (1913) Definition: Browse (brouz), n. [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.]
The tender branches or twigs of trees and shrubs, fit for the
food of cattle and other animals; green food. --Spenser.

Sheep, goats, and oxen, and the nobler steed, On
browse, and corn, and flowery meadows feed. --Dryden.

Browse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Browsed (brouzd); p. pr.
& vb. n. Browsing.] [For broust, OF. brouster, bruster, F.
brouter. See Browse, n., and cf. Brut.]
1. 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. --Shak.

2. To feed on, as pasture; to pasture on; to graze.

Fields . . . browsed by deep-uddered kine.

Browse (brouz), v. i.
1. To feed on the tender branches or shoots of shrubs or
trees, as do cattle, sheep, and deer.

2. To pasture; to feed; to nibble. --Shak.

Synonyms: browsing, browsing, crop, graze, graze, pasture, range, shop, surf

See Also: antique, comparison-shop, eat, eating, feed, feeding, look for, look for, nosh, reading, search, search, seek, seek, snack, window-shop

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