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[brou-zer] /ˈbraʊ zər/
a person or thing that browses.
Also called Web browser. Digital Technology. a software program that allows the user to find and read encoded documents in a form suitable for display, especially such a program for use on the World Wide Web.
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Examples from the web for browser
  • New browser software can protect websites from software vulnerabilities.
  • Cloud computing is dependant on the performance of the web, the software, the local machine and the browser itself.
  • In the new browser war, privacy is a crucial battleground.
  • If you're reading this online, chances are good that you are using a web browser to do so.
  • When the target smartphone scanned the tag, the browser was directed to the spoofed site and fed malware.
  • It doesn't matter how stable your computer is or how stable your web browser is, at some point, your browser will crash.
  • There is little point doing that if a tablet user can simply read the news for free on a web browser.
  • If you have already confirmed your account, try refreshing your browser.
  • Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.
  • Search spell check web browser in your favorite search engine.
British Dictionary definitions for browser


a person or animal that browses
(computing) a software package that enables a user to find and read hypertext files, esp on the Internet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for browser

1845, "animal which browses," agent noun from browse (v.). In the computer sense by 1982.

The first browser was invented at PARC by Larry Tesler, now a designer at Apple Computer. Tesler's first Smalltalk browser was a tree-structured device. It enabled programmers to hunt quickly for items in a Smalltalk dictionary. ["InfoWorld" magazine, vol. v., no. 4, Jan. 24, 1983]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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browser in Science
A program that accesses and displays files and other data available on the Internet and other networks. Entering a website's URL in the address window of a browser will bring up that website in the browser's main window.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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browser in Culture

browser definition

See Web browser.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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browser in Technology

A program which allows a person to read hypertext. The browser gives some means of viewing the contents of nodes (or "pages") and of navigating from one node to another.
Netscape Navigator, NCSA Mosaic, Lynx, and W3 are examples for browsers for the World-Wide Web. They act as clients to remote web servers.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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