Browse Browse (brouz), v. i. 1. To feed on the tender branches or shoots of shrubs or trees, as do cattle, sheep, and deer. [1913 Webster]

2. To pasture; to feed; to nibble; to graze. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To look casually through a book, books, or a set of documents, reading those parts which arouse one's interest. [PJC]

4. To search through a group of items to find something, not previously specified, which may be of interest. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Browse — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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